Aussie Couple Make their Mark in Canada with $10,000 Grant 

October 31, 2017

Australian couple and filmmaking team Amelia Morris and Matthew Popp are making waves in the Canadian film industry. They have been awarded $10,000 by TELUS STORYHIVE to make the pilot episode of an action-comedy web series called Luchador. They are one of 15 Alberta-based projects to be awarded the grant, which hundreds of budding filmmakers apply for each year.
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Aussie Couple Make their Mark in Canada with $10,000 Grant 

Australian couple and filmmaking team Amelia Morris and Matthew Popp are making waves in the Canadian film industry. They have been awarded $10,000 by TELUS STORYHIVE to make the pilot episode of an action-comedy web series called Luchador. They are one of 15 Alberta-based projects to be awarded the grant, which hundreds of budding filmmakers apply for each year.

Luchador follows the story of a Mexican-Canadian who struggles to make ends meet, until he inherits an heirloom Luchador Mask that imparts Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) super powers. Although Morris and Popp have numerous film successes as a producer-directing team, Luchador is their first time tackling the web series format together. Filming begins at the end of November, and the pilot episode will be released online in February 2018.

Luchador is very close to our hearts as it was written by our friend Nate who passed away recently. We can’t wait to bring his words to life and to honour him and his story,” Popp said.

“It’s a great privilege to be awarded this grant and to be recognized by TELUS’ STORYHIVE program,” said Morris, who is originally from Coogee in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. “As an artist, opportunities like this are rare so we are absolutely stoked to be able to share Nate’s story on this platform.”

Since moving to Canada, they have worked on multiple films and television shows including Skyscraper, The Man in the High Castle, The Edge of 17 and Everything, Everything. Their short horror Hi Honey premiered at the Dead on Film Festival at the Rio Theatre, an iconic venue in Vancouver’s independent film scene, and was a Semi-Finalist in the Hollywood Screenings Film Festival.

Check out the project on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @luchadorseries and learn more about the project on Storyhive.