Aussie Short Series 600 Bottle of Wine Heads to BBC 3

May 16, 2018
Flexibility of format has enabled an Australian series to find an audience overseas.

Australian web series 600 Bottles of Wine will air on Britain’s BBC 3 from May 27, having been repackaged by new media production company Cockatoo Co.Lab for broadcast.

Written by Grace Rouvray and directed by Ainslie Clouston, the series centers on Claire (Rouvray), who is flung back into the dating scene after breaking up with her long term boyfriend Nick (Ryan Madden). She is apprehensive about the rules, expectations and implications that she has to navigate through on her journey as a newly single woman.

When Claire makes a genuine connection that goes beyond one-night-stand sex with advertising manager Pat (Angus McLaren), she looks to her friends to help establish where she stands in the relationship. As this non-committal non-relationship continues Claire is forced to confront where she draws the line.

600 Bottles producer Bec Bignell (MediaXpress NSW and formerly ABC) and Dr. Marius Foley (RMIT) founded Cockatoo Co.Lab in December with a stated mission to “…recycle and re-purpose content for consumption across multiple platforms, as opposed to restricting audience-reach to one medium.”

“We believe that making media with people, rather than about them, creates new story telling opportunities. We discover stories that have not been told from a genuine standpoint, by communities that are underrepresented, fostering new talent to release these stories,” says Bignell.

600 Bottles of Wine, originally consisting of eight nine-minute episodes, was repurposed as a four episode short series.

Speaking about the series, director Ainslie Clouston observed, “The situation of having to gauge where you stand in a new relationship can be brutal so I wanted to add a sense of quirk and warmth. I was able to meticulously craft an immersive audience experience from script edit to final edit; weaving my slightly bent, poignant comedic tone throughout so that the story can seamlessly exist in multiple formats.”

Writer and lead actress Rouvray added, “When I launched my proof of concept blog that was based on personal dating and relationship experiences, it felt very fulfilling that it resonated, which clearly substantiated a strong audience appetite for the development of a series.”

Next up for Cockatoo Co.Lab is Rain Dance, a multi-media film project aiming to give a voice to the underrepresented communities of regional Australia through a story about two female shearers. The aim is to broadcast Rain Dance as a web series, repurpose it first as a short form series, and ultimately a feature film.


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