Nice Shorts, the latest sketch comedy series from Jazz Twemlow (The Roast, Tonightly) and Nick Boshier (Bondi Hipsters, Beached Az, Soul Mates) will commence filming in Brisbane with Queensland-based crew on Monday, 21 October 2019.
Screen Queensland has invested in four episodes of the 16-part online show to be shot across Brisbane next week, utilising Queensland talent including three early-career female writers and three early-to-mid career directors.
Screen Queensland CEO Kylie Munnich said
it was wonderful to see diverse local talent working with an experienced production
team to develop their portfolio.
“It is crucial we help early-to-mid career
practitioners gain screen credits on projects with experienced teams to build
the skills and capacity of our home-grown creatives and the local industry more
broadly,” said Ms Munnich.
“Edgy, bold projects, like Nice Shorts that
are produced by established creative teams and looking to appeal to fresh audiences
give us the opportunity to discover and develop new screen industry talent to
work under the guidance of experts.”
Brisbane-based emerging writer Elena
Foreman was one of the writers selected from a pool of incredible writing
talent to work on the Queensland episodes and is excited to add a writing
credit for sketch comedy to her resume.
“Sketch comedy has always been a favourite
genre of mine, to watch and act in, so it is awesome to tackle it from a writer’s
perspective,” said Miss Foreman.
“The entire team was supportive,
encouraging and created a safe environment where it was ok to make mistakes.
“It’s pretty cool to have my first comedy
writing experience be amongst people whose shows I’ve been laughing at since
Miss Foreman, along with fellow writers
Rhianna Malezer and Bronwyn Kuss were tasked with writing three of the episodes
to be filmed next week following a successful writers’ room with show creators Mr
Boshier and Mr Twemlow in Brisbane earlier this year.
co-creator Mr Boshier said the team was impressed by the talent available in
all so blown away by the breadth of acting, writing, directing and everything
talent of the Queensland submissions,” explained Mr Boshier.
“Nice Shorts is an ambitious undertaking, we were trying to do a lot with not much and it simply would not have been possible if Screen Queensland hadn’t supported the project.
support hasn’t only been financial, Screen Queensland helped build the
structure of the show and build the initiative that attracted such phenomenal
talent. We blame Screen Queensland for this show.”
Three local directors were selected to
each take on one of the Queensland based episodes, these directors are Tony
Walsh, Tim Marshal and May Greham.
Fresh from directing her first feature
film, Ms Greham said she could not wait to work with the Nice Shorts
team and will use the experience to hone her method for future projects.