600 BOTTLES OF WINE

600 Bottles of Wine - a recently single woman navigates new relationship territory where meaning is ambiguous and expectation is ambitious.

600 Bottles of Wine is our first production. It premiered on BBC Three in the UK and locally on Network 10, in Australia. Cockatoo CoLab is thrilled to be working with ABC Commercial as we continue to bring 600 Bottles of Wine to both local and international audiences,” said Producer Bec Bignell, Co-Founder of Cockatoo CoLab. “This innovative series created by our all-female creative team celebrates ideas from Grace’s blog that are expertly activated through Director Ainslie Clouston’s whip-smart, awkwardly gritty comedic tone. The response has been overwhelmingly positive to date and we’re confident the success of the show will continue under ABC Commercial’s experienced stewardship.”

In 600 Bottles of Wine, Claire is flung back into the dating scene after breaking up with her long term boyfriend Nick. She is apprehensive about the rules, expectations and implications that she has to navigate through on her journey as a newly single woman. When Claire makes a genuine connection that goes beyond one-night-stand sex with advertising manager Pat, she looks to her friends to help establish where she stands in the relationship. As this non-committal non-relationship continues Claire is forced to confront where she draws the line.

The 8 x 9’ short form web series 600 Bottles of Wine was repurposed from the sassy proof of concept blog conceived by writer Grace Rouvray. It’s one of the earliest examples of an independently funded web series premiering in a dually purposed 4 x 18’ long form format on network television and online platforms.

DIRECTOR- Ainslie Clouston

WRITER- Grace Rouvray

PRODUCER- Bec Bignell

CAST:

Grace Rouvray as Claire

Angus McLaren as Pat

Nancy Denis as Timmie

Nerida Bronwen as Nat

Stephanie Baine as Harriet

Gregory Dias as Melvin

Lara Dignam as Katie

As seen on BBC (BBC Three), Network Ten (Peach), Australian Virgin Airlines, Finnish Broadcast Corporation (YLE), TVNZ and now available from Itunes and Google Share please add links


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RAIN DANCE

When their community is exploited, two female friends in a shearing team launch a right of reply that saves so much more than the town’s reputation.

Regional Australia is teeming with talented, innovative people and fascinating stories. A lot of these stories are tucked away in the far, far corners of remote Australia; on a station in Northern Queensland, in the back of a ute travelling across red dusty roads in Western Australia or tumbling across the vast dry plains of the outback. Through Rain Dance I aim to release these hidden stories in the Australian bush and introduce the charismatic, undiscovered storytellers.

Rain Dance is a trans-media series about two best friends in a shearing team, set in regional WA. It’s a hybrid experience whereby the storyline is fictional but many of the character roles will be played by locals who’ll bring their unique selves to the film. They will be coached through a range of intensive workshops, supported by the Rural Room Media Stringer Network, that will develop the participants for the film and will dually enable them to transfer their knowledge into their community after filming, so a genuine pathway can be implanted to support emerging regional story tellers into the future.

It’s a story of self-belief and the power of female friendship, in an environment of grit and grunt, where dirt gets under your fingernails and sheep shit gets in your hair. Rain Dance explores the ideas of hope, resilience, connection to land, natural instinct, season and the cyclical nature of life where the beauty in death is just as sacred as the abundance of growth, such as produce when it ripens and comes into its own. The series interrogates self-doubt, and what it takes to trust your gut when your approach is unorthodox or out of the box. It challenges commonly held ideas about the bush being backwards by converging city and country worlds through shared, contemporary issues. It presents modern day bush feminine figures as vibrant, vivacious characters who are highly visible, adventurous and entrepreneurial. Rain Dance considers what it means to be a woman in regional Australia in a time where the seeds of female voices are finally being cultivated so they can germinate and flourish after years of lying dormant.

The Rain Dance development process is unique as it’s one of the earliest examples of a production that is co-created with its intended audience. It’s backed by the vibrant Facebook community Rural Room, where over 60,000 rural, regional and remote Australians come together to share their experiences of living in the sticks. Insights, emerging themes, audience attitudes and aesthetics have been gleaned from the digital world to keep the production honest and to validate its value. The appetite for the story has been significantly substantiated by the response and direct interactions with the intended audience.

Format: The 12 x 12’ web series re-purposed as a 6 x 24’ longer form episodic series and a 120’ feature film.  

Filming style: Rain Dance will be shot very naturally to draw out the beauty of the regional landscape and the authentic people that inhabit it. No Hollywood airbrushing- just a raw, real Australian story.

Location: The story will be filmed on my family farm in Kojonup, Western Australia and I’ll collaborate with my local community, who know me and trust me, to bring the stories to life and unleash the diverse pool of undiscovered, authentic talent.

Characters: Many of the lead roles will be played by regional people (non-actors) who have an affinity with the characters they inhabit. I’m influenced and inspired by film makers such as Jim Cummings (Thunder Road), Trey Edward Shults (Krisha), Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake) and Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards).

What’s the point? The concrete jungle is buckling under the weight of the rat race and exhaust smoke- I’d like to bring people back to the bush to highlight the human race and smoko. To put it simply, I want to revitalise the storytelling landscape in Australia by sharing more stories from the sticks and raising the profile of the storytellers out there, I’ve gone to painstaking efforts to develop this from the ground up so the roots are well and truly anchored and the stories can grow and flourish in their own environments once planted.