GIRLS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES IN THIS FUN, HEARTFELT COMEDY SET IN A UNIQUE BUSHLAND COMMUNITY
In a drought-stricken regional town, dynamic duo Georgina (George) McPherson and her best friend Pauline (Paul) Nicholls get their big break when presented with the opportunity to create TV program about life in the bush.
Tired of having to subscribe to an old-school, down-beat vibe, George and Paul propose a refreshed angle about life on the land that relies less on the despair and more on the magic. When their vibrant version is thrown out by a TV broadcast executive back in the city, they decide to take the matter into their own hands and stage a ‘shed show’ that puts the spotlight on ‘Stories from the Sticks’.
Their grand plan to take their rustic variety format from the corrugated iron walls of the shed to the wider world nearly comes unstuck when George loses her nerve. But with the help of the community and channelling the spirit of the bush, George and Paul find the real stories that need to be told and a way to get them out into the world.
Exploring themes around hope, connection to land and the cyclical nature of life, Homespun honours the boundless beauty of the bush and the people who call it home.
A story of self-belief and the power of female friendship, Homespun challenges commonly held ideas about the bush being backwards by converging city and country worlds through shared, contemporary issues. Subverting the traditional emphasis on the men in power in regional and rural environments, it presents modern bush women as vibrant, vivacious characters who are highly visible, adventurous and entrepreneurial – celebrating both their resilience and their vulnerability.
Filmed in the remote regional town of Kojonup, Western Australia, Homespun showcases the astounding, unique beauty of the Great Southern Region - from summer sunrises in the bush to the dwindling golden light of harvest dusk. Made as a collaboration with over 100 regional Australians, it reflects a dynamic world packed with colour, energy, joy and heart.
From creator/star Bec Bignell (600 Bottles of Wine) and director Socratis Otto (best known for his ground-breaking role as transwoman in the global hit Wentworth), Homespun features a diverse and stellar cast of emerging and established talent – the latter including Heather Mitchell (Harrow, Ms Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, A Place to Call Home) and Claire van der Boom (Hawaii Five-0, Game of Silence).
Awards / Reviews
‘Highlights the diverse and rich culture of life beyond the nation’s capital cities’
Great Southern Herald
‘Looks at the shared experiences of city and country; asking whether loneliness can be just as brutal when you’re living close together as when you’re living far apart’
‘Real country people playing real parts, exhibiting rural life with stark authenticity…realises the creative potential that flourishes in even the most remote corners of Australia’
‘Shines a spotlight on regional Australia and challenges the stereotypes that fictional productions often cast upon rural residents’
ABC Great Southern
WA Made Festival 2022: Official Selection
Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2022: Official Selection
CinefestOZ Film Festival 2021: Official Selection
International Academy of Web Television Awards 2022: Nomination Best Drama Series