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Fran­cis Moss­man, who plays Ste­vie in the web series, The Hori­zon, re­calls his first day’s shoot­ing on the pop­u­lar series. It was a sex scene with Paul Lay­ton who plays Jake. Paul was new to the series, is straight, and had never kissed another man be­fore.

“He lunged at me and threw me on the ta­ble,” re­calls Fran­cis. “I was very taken aback as it was like he was used to throw­ing shirt­less men twice his weight around,” he laughs. “In be­tween takes we kept hav­ing to get our make-up re-ap­plied be­cause the overly en­thu­si­as­tic kiss­ing re­sulted in the most in­tense pash rash ever.”

So, a good first day! It’s hardly sur­pris­ing that The Hori­zon, cre­ated by Boaz Stark about gay life in ur­ban Syd­ney, is a Youtube hit. With well over 10 mil­lion views, this dram­edy fea­tur­ing a cast of pri­mar­ily gay char­ac­ters has sur­passed the Bondi Hip­sters to be­come Aus­tralia’s top on­line series. Sea­son three pre­miered on the DNA web­site late last year with a big­ger bud­get, sexy new cast, steamy scenes and ad­dic­tive story lines.

Bring­ing Hori­zon new­bies up to speed: Coun­try boy Jake (Paul Lay­ton) is deal­ing with the fact that his ex-boyfriend AJ (Indigo Fel­ton) cheated on him with Micky (Matthew Clarke), who is meant to be straight and in a re­la­tion­ship with Mil­lie (Sarah Louella). AJ is now in an open re­la­tion­ship with Saxon (Adam Ge­orge), Jake has met a po­ten­tial new love in­ter­est in Ste­vie (Fran­cis Moss­man), and sassy drag queen Wilma Bumhurt (Pa­trick James) of­fers bru­tally hon­est (and hi­lar­i­ous) ad­vice.

Pro­ducer Brian Cobb thinks it’s crazy that Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion hasn’t al­ready put the spot­light on Syd­ney’s gay scene. “The high num­bers on our web series are partly due to the fact that the world is fas­ci­nated with gay Syd­ney and quite en­vi­ous of it,” he says.

Paul Lay­ton, who plays Jake, says peo­ple are watch­ing these sto­ries on­line be­cause they can’t see them on tele­vi­sion. “It’s ob­vi­ous this gen­uine sort of story is in de­mand. Peo­ple are turn­ing to the in­ter­net and Youtube to find what they want.”

One of those things is man-on-man ac­tion. Un­like Aus­tralian main­stream TV shows, where the gay male char­ac­ters are al­most asex­ual, sex is a big part of The Hori­zon. And it’s not just ed­u­ca­tional for the straight ac­tors who are re­quired to play gay. In light of news that HIV rates in Aus­tralia have in­creased, Moss­man adds that he’s proud that The Hori­zon pro­motes safe sex and reg­u­lar STI test­ing.

“The Hori­zon re­minds view­ers that it’s not okay to put your­self at risk and that safe sex is a must. Know­ing that our show is de­liv­er­ing this mes­sage and po­ten­tially pre­vent­ing some­one from con­tract­ing HIV is such a re­ward­ing thing for me as an ac­tor.”

Series four of The Hori­zon will de­but on­line in April. Catch up on past episodes at­hori­zon­series.

Adam Ge­orge as new char­ac­ter Saxon – sex has helped sell the show to over 10 mil­lion view­ers.

The full Hori­zon cast at the launch of sea­son three in Oc­to­ber, 2013

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