Foxtel has a major new mini-series on the way and it’s being shot and filmed in South Australia!
In what is being described as a “landmark new series” UPRIGHT will star musician, comedian, actor and writer Tim Minchin and will follow the story of “two misfits, thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, who forge the unlikeliest of bonds in their quest to get a precious piano from one side of the country to the other.”
Lucky Flynn (Minchin) hasn’t spoken to his family in years. He’s broke, distant and damaged. He’s also a gifted pianist, whose talent for music is matched only by his talent for self-destruction. When he learns that his mother has only days left to live, Lucky sets off in a hire car to drive the 4000 kilometres from Sydney to Perth to say goodbye to her, taking with him his only cherished possession in the world – a battered and scarred upright piano. But what should have been a straightforward drive across the Nullarbor soon becomes a test of Lucky’s emotional fitness, when he (quite literally) runs into Meg (Milly Alcock), a hilarious, tough-as-nails teenager, who we soon discover has plenty of scars and secrets of her own.
If you’re not already on board after hearing that plot, wait until you hear who else is behind the series.
Joining Tim in writing UPRIGHT is Chris Taylor (The Chaser), Kate Mulvany (Fighting Season, Jasper Jones stage play) and Leon Ford (Offspring, No Activity).
The eight-part series will be directed by Matthew Saville (Please Like Me).
South Australian Film Corporation Chief Executive Courtney Gibson says:
“UPRIGHT brings together an extraordinary combination of creative talents to deliver what promises to be outstanding television.
“South Australia’s stunning locations will provide the perfect setting for this landmark production for Foxtel, which will be based at Adelaide Studios.”
Production will begin in South Australia in October, with filming to continue in Western Australia.
We cannot wait for this one!
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