Odd cou­ple to hook up for TV gig

SCREEN AUS­TRALIA THROWS $7.4M AT FILM PROJECTS MADE LO­CALLY

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

It could be ti­tled The Odd Cou­ple, with Ten green-lit to pro­duce its new se­ries pair­ing Lisa McCune and

Peter Hel­liar as a cou­ple. The show How To Stay Mar­ried is one of sev­eral pro­duc­tions that have re­ceived fund­ing from Screen Aus­tralia, which yes­ter­day an­nounced $7.4 mil­lion worth of sup­port for lo­cal film, TV and on­line projects.

McCune and Hel­liar’s char­ac­ters have been mar­ried 13 years with the se­ries fol­low­ing how their char­ac­ters will cope with a new job, an un­ex­pected house guest, a re­dun­dancy and an ex­per­i­men­tal sex move.

Mys­tery thriller Lambs Of God for Foxtel, about three ec­cen­tric se­cluded nuns who live on a re­mote is­land, is one of the more in­ter­est­ing projects to re­ceive fi­nan­cial sup­port.

The show has al­ready cre­ated buzz in in­dus­try cir­cles.

Nazeem Hus­sain’s com­edy se­ries Or­ange Is The New Brown com­ing to Chan­nel 7 has also been granted fund­ing.

The six-part se­ries, co-writ­ten by the pop­u­lar Mus­lim co­me­dian, will re­flect con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian life and in­clude sketches, orig­i­nal and re­cur­ring char­ac­ters and tele­vi­sion par­o­dies.

The show, which plays on the name of hit Amer­i­can se­ries Or­ange Is The New Black, is be­ing pro­duced by Screen­time for Chan­nel 7 and is cur­rently be­ing filmed in Syd­ney.

It will also fea­ture co­me­dian Urzila Carlson. Chan­nel 7 could not con­firm when the show would air. Other projects in­clude the di­rec­to­rial de­but by Rachel Grif­fiths, Ride Like A Girl, a biopic of cham­pion jockey Michelle Payne, and fea­ture film Poor Boy, di­rected by and star­ring Guy Pearce. Pearce is bring­ing his girl­friend, Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten, home to star in his first film.

The movie is based on the su­per­nat­u­ral stage play that Pearce per­formed with the MTC in 2009 about a lit­tle boy who tells his fam­ily on his sev­enth birth­day that he is a grown man named Danny, who died seven years prior.

Pearce met Dutch star van Houten — GoT’s Red Woman Melisan­dre — on the set of west­ern Brim­stone in 2015.

Their son Monte was born in Au­gust 2016.

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