• SVOD platform buys short-form series created by and starring Matilda Brown and guest starring her father Bryan Brown
Presto has announced it has commissioned Let’s Talk About, an ambitious short series produced by up-and coming writer, director and actor Matilda Brown, the daughter of iconic Australian actor Bryan Brown who will also star in the project.
Let’s Talk About is a 10-part series about being “up the duff” in a relationship that’s only just begun. Each three-minute episode in the series will focus on a particular subject during the nine months of pregnancy resulting in content that is both entertaining, informative, cheeky and funny.
The Let’s Talk About series will be available exclusively to Presto TV and Presto Entertainment bundle subscribers to stream on demand. The series will have its world premiere on Presto in October.
Let’s Talk About revolves around Claire (played by Matilda Brown) and Ben Richard Davies (Offspring) who have only recently started dating and now discover Claire is pregnant. Their predicament means there are some conversations they just can’t avoid, no matter how painful and this series explores them.
The series will also star Lisa Hensley (Brides of Christ, Dating the Enemy) as Claire’s mother, while Bryan Brown (Cocktail, Australia, Two Hands) will play her on-screen father. Also featuring in the series will be Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Underbelly) as a surf shop owner and Bruce Spence (Legend of the Seeker, Cloudstreet) as a father-of-three with one on the way.
“We are really excited about Let’s Talk About as an Presto exclusive. The series has wide appeal and audiences will be able to easily identify with the many topics it will cover. It is also perfect content for our many customers who use Presto on their mobile or tablet devices and for when they only have short amount of time available to be entertained such as the morning or afternoon commute,” said Presto TV’s interim chief executive officer Shaun James.
“Presto is also proud to be supporting up and coming local Australian talents like Matilda Brown who, like Presto, are re-defining the entertainment landscape.”
Writer, director and actor Matilda Brown said: “I take my hat off to Presto for being courageous and supporting young Australian film makers like myself.
“Platforms like Presto are changing the industry for the better, allowing storytellers to produce content of all different lengths and genres. It’s a great opportunity for someone like myself who writes, directs and acts.
“I’m so excited to be coming along for the Presto ride and look forward to sharing Let’s Talk About with their subscribers. Hopefully they’ll find it as fun and insightful as I did writing it.”
Presto has also acquired the two seasons of Matilda’s previous short form series Lessons from the Grave, in which she also stars with her father as fictional daughter and father, Bonnie and Douglas, who live in a remote country area. Douglas wins the lottery but has a heart attack and dies and is unwilling to move into the next world until he knows Bonnie will be OK and so remains as a ghost to teach her some lessons in life.
All 20 episodes of Lessons from the Grave will be made available for Presto TV and Presto Entertainment bundle subscribers to stream on demand.
Both Let’s Talk About and Lessons from the Grave have been developed with the assistance of Screen NSW.
Photo: Matilda Brown with Richard Davies during filming