The Newtown Girls is the second of the WebSeries projects to emerge from our WebSeries development program at AFTRS that I oversaw through 2011. Developed by showrunner Natalie Krikowa, the series brings a fresh angle to the search for love in the inner city. It also happens to be set in my own neighborhood of Newtown - the very heart and soul of Sydney. The perfect place to set a sharply written, funny and moving protrayal of modern love.
The Newtown Girls is a 8 episode webseries created to entertain and engage online audiences and explore the foibles of love and friendship - experiences common to everyone! Although it revolves around lesbian characters, their trials and triumphs are universal and transcend sexual orientation. The Newtown Girls was created with the intent to depict lesbian relationships in a more realistic and comedic way. It does not overtly preach political opinions or rehash the usual ‘coming out’ stories that dominate queer storytelling. The Newtown Girls looks at situations that arise when you go looking for love and how you often end up finding love where you least expect it!
Scarlet is our social experiment and she embodies all of our insecurities and flaws. She thinks she knows what she wants, she thinks she knows what needs to be done in order to get what she wants, but she quickly learns that knowing what you want and getting it are two very different things.
The Newtown Girls features an outstanding cast of experienced (and lets been honest, downright gorgeous women) including Renee Lim from Australia’s most outstanding crime drama of recent years, East West 101.
The series is in post-production so keep your eyes peeled for its launch in the coming year.