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30 09 2021 - Media release

Children’s series Beep and Mort starts production in Adelaide

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Beep and Mort

The ABC and Screen Australia are pleased to announce that production is underway on the charming and otherworldly preschool series, Beep and Mort. Produced by Windmill Pictures and distributed by ABC Commercial, this mixed media series for ABC Kids is also funded by the South Australian Film Corporation.

Based on Windmill Theatre Company's award-winning theatre show, Beep, this new series tells the story of two best friends from different worlds, solving their daily dilemmas and unexpected challenges through invention, play and adventure. Beep and Mort explores the ways the organic and the technological can work together and, at its heart, is a series about empathy, community, and the enduring value of friendship.

Designed by Jonathon Oxlade, who worked with Beep and Mort's director Rosemary Myers on the 2016 film Girl Asleep and several Windmill live shows including the recent stage adaptation of Bluey, Beep and Mort is produced by Kaye Weeks and written by an award-winning team featuring Charlotte Rose Hamlyn (The Wild Adventures of Blinky Bill), Simon Butters (H2O: Just Add Water), Amy Stewart (The Heights) Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman), Wendy Hanna (Love Child, Giggle and Hoot) and Lorin Clarke (Larry the Wonder Pup).

Director, Rosemary Myers says, "Throughout the creative development of this series, we have drawn on our theatrical roots but also integrated new technologies. The result is a contemporary hybrid form of puppetry that blends hand and rod puppets with post animated object puppets. In a screen landscape dominated by animation, we want to create a textured, built world that children feel they can almost step into and walk around in."

Head of ABC Children's Content, Libbie Doherty says, "From the minute Windmill pitched the series to us, we immediately fell in love with these two new preschool stars- the unique and incredibly cute Beep and Mort. We are thrilled to be working in Adelaide with Kaye, Rose and the creative team who have created a beautifully warm and wholly original world, including a 6 metre high set! Designed for the youngest ABC audience this whimsical series will gently ignite their minds and warm their hearts."

Screen Australia's Head of Content, Sally Caplan said, "We're proud to support this incredibly talented creative team, including Rosemary Myers' first foray into television, bring this highly original project to life. Beep and Mort is a charming series exploring themes of self-discovery and the enduring value of friendship, and it is set to delight pre-schoolers and their families on ABC."

Kate Croser, CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation says, "The SAFC is proud to support Windmill Pictures in producing their first TV series Beep and Mort, which will also be the first studio program for children made in South Australia for over a decade. With a majority South Australian cast and crew, this highly original new series will provide employment opportunities for South Australian specialist workers, and we're particularly excited that the series will provide valuable first television credits for many of the key creative team, boosting the pool of credited South Australian writers, directors and producers."

Beep and Mort will premiere on ABC Kids and ABC iview in late 2022.

Production Credit: Beep and Mort is a Windmill Pictures production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC. Financed with support from the  South Australian Film Corporation. ABC Commercial holds world distribution rights.

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