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No Activity - Season Two
Stan 2016
Two cops examine the minutiae of life as they kill time staking out a suspected missing persons case. An improvised comedy of two handers, No Activity is a snail’s paced crime story juxtaposed with the rapidly expanding personal stories of the cops, criminals, and hostages involved. Created, written and directed by Trent O’Donnell.
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Here Come The Habibs - Season Two
Nine Network 2016
They’ve just won the lottery, now Lebanese-Australian family the Habibs are moving from the suburbs into Australia’s richest enclave and living the Aussie dream. But to their new neighbours, the old-money O’Neills, this means war! The series is the first narrative comedy to be commissioned by a free-to-air commercial channel in 12 years. It was created by Phil Lloyd, Rob Shehadie and Tahir Bilgic.
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The Moodys - Season Two
ABC1 2014
Following on from the acclaimed A Moody Christmas series, The Moodys is narrative comedy series focused on the loveable, yet seasonally dysfunctional Moody family as they come together for eight family events, over a single year. The Moodys won Best Comedy of 2014 at the Screen Producer Awards as well as Best Ensemble Comedy at The Equity Ensemble Awards. It was created and written by Phil Lloyd and Trent O’Donnell.
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The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting
ABC 2013
With longer-form scenes, this series aspires to take sketch comedy in a different direction with less traditional material and a surprising cast. It is at times random, often ridiculous and occasionally surreal. It is led by Jungle’s accomplished roster of directors and a variety of established and up and coming writers.
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A Moody Christmas
ABC 2012
A six part comedy series that visits, once a year, for six years, the lovably dysfunctional Moody family, as they come together to share this universally celebrated holiday. The series is stuffed full of all the fun, fights, bad gifts, boring uncles, overbearing in-laws, shocking family secrets and bizarre eccentricities that any family who’s experienced the melting pot of Christmas Day will relate to. A Moody Christmas was a finalist in the Best Comedy of the Year category at the Monte Carlo TV Awards. It was created and written by Phil Lloyd and Trent O’Donnell.
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Review With Myles Barlow - Season Two
ABC 2010
A satirical black comedy television series in which Myles Barlow, a critic, reviews real-life experiences in response to viewer questions, such as being a murderer and a drug-mule, the rush of pleasure as he pays for sex and the bleakness of living on the streets. Review with Myles Barlow was winner of the Best Comedy at both the 2008 and 2010 AFI Awards. The format was sold to the UK, Europe and the US, with the US series, Review airing on the Comedy Channel and starring Andy Daly, renewed for a third season. The series was created by Trent O’Donnell and Phil Lloyd.
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Problems
ABC 2012
Created by Sam Simmons, the undisputed master of suburban absurdity, Problems finds Sam wrapping his head in ham, serenading stuffed owls, and disco dancing in his own specially designed bread shoes, and goes some way to explaining why he won the highly prestigious 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Award and is one of most thrilling live performers in the comedy arena. He is an evangelical advocate of bringing silly back to comedy. Jungle was a co-producer alongside Token for Problems. It was directed by Trent O’Donnell.
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Between A Frock And A Hard Place
ABC 2015
The 1980s in Australia was a time of deep, dark closets, the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and widespread homophobia. Homosexuals were vilified. Between a Frock and a Hard Place tells the story of the creation and knock-on affect of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’s release at this time to redefine homosexual culture, and become a worldwide game-changer for gay understanding and acceptance. Written by Paul Clarke and Alex Barry.
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Urban Monkey With Murray Foote
ABC 2009
A mockumentary drawing parallels between the human and animal world. Comic Sam Simmons is the titular character Murray Foote; animal warrior, conservationist, scientist, recording artist, good bloke, and ladies man. According to the promotional blurb, the series was created in 1987, then lost, and then rediscovered recently in a garage in suburban Melbourne. The 11-part series was written by Simmons and directed by Trent O’Donnell.
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Miles Holbeck: The Member.
Online Series 2016
A narrative comedy that plays out in the real world. In the pilot episode Miles Holbeck runs for a Senate seat in the federal election. In subsequent episodes, he tries to become a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, a K-Pop star and a magician.
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As You Dreamt It
ABC 2014
A fascinating story focused on recreating the dreams of the residents of the Woodville Housing Estate. Advertising agency, BMF, initiated the project by teaming three renowned photographers with three residents to recreate their powerful, sometimes haunting re-occurring dreams in photographic form. The documentary draws intimate portraits of the residents, the story of their past and their journey to Australia. It was directed by Leigh Richards and Jen Peedom.