Having teamed up since 2013, the ABC and Screen Australia have given young comedy writers, directors and performers the opportunity to step up, showcase their talent and kick-start their careers with the Fresh Blood initiative.
The initiative selects 20 sketch comedy teams across Australia that are given $15,000 to create 3 short sketches that are aired on ABC iview.
“We’re thrilled to give these unique voices invaluable access to a major Australian broadcaster, and the opportunity to share their humour on a premier platform”, said Mike Cowap, Investment Manager at Screen Australia, to Screen Australia.
With the sketches airing yesterday, this year’s talent has showcased diversity with raw and dynamic humour.
Among the standouts is The Angus Project, featuring Angus Thompson, an arts student with cerebral palsy, and Erika, his quirky best friend and carer, played by Nina Oyama (ABC Utopia’s Courtney).
Set in the regional town of Bathurst, the web series challenges perceptions of people with disabilities as it showcases two party-loving students getting up to trouble around town – one just happens to have cerebral palsy.
The series offers fresh vibrant humour that we’ll hopefully be seeing more of.
Check out all Fresh Blood sketches on ABC iview.
— Video Junkee (@videojunkee) December 3, 2017