Cascade Gardens isn’t just your average retirement home, every year, a beauty pageant is held – and this time, 89 year old Hazel decides to get involved. What happens next, you’ll have to see.

Directed by film student Rosie Greenwell and completed in 2015, Cascade Gardens Grand Supreme is full of good old Australian humour and the beauty of old age.

Cascade Gardens Grand Supreme is Toddlers and Tiaras on Metamucil.

As a student, what inspired the choice of making a series about an older age group?
My grandma is the funniest person I know. She does and says what she wants because she’s “too old to give a shit what people think”. I love this about her. Though, it is also the reason why her house is fluro yellow and why she never turns on her hearing aids, I don’t love either of these things. She doesn’t give a shit.

What inspired your web series?
Toddlers and tiaras and dance moms. I was fascinated by how awful the parents are on those shows and started thinking about what would happen if you flipped that dynamic, if the parents were in the pageant. I was basically inspired by garbage television. I was never a very good film student.

What did you want to achieve in creating this series?
Something relatable, that could be funny and touching at the same time. A web series also felt like the best way to go to tell a story that needed more time to develop than a typical 10 minute graduate short.

What do you want your audience to take away from this series?
That old people are funny and millennials aren’t. Millennials aren’t funny because they eat too much avocado on toast. I know this because I eat a lot of avocado, mostly on sourdough, and I have no mortgage or decent jokes.

What is unique about your series?
It explores an age bracket that tend to be under-represented on television and turns the typical beauty pageant narrative about young ‘beautiful’ women on it’s head.

Did you intend for the target audience to be the same age group and who did you find the actual audience to be?
We were hopeful that Cascade would appeal to the same age group the story is written about, but we also wanted any age to be able to enjoy the series. It’s not just about the older experience, it’s about how imperfect relationships with your family can be – and we can all relate to that. 

What was your release strategy?
We’d love to tell you there was one.. But in reality beyond regular content sharing platforms we didn’t have a strategy.

What advice would you give to emerging creators?
As emerging creators ourselves, the only advice we could give is to keep making content. It’s the only way to get any better.

How did you fund your series?
We scraped together a shoestring budget for this series in all the regular student ways, with a bunch of BBQs and fundraising events, raffles & quiz nights etc. The biggest injection into our budget was the indiegogo campaign we ran – which relied primarily on the generosity of our fabulous friends and family.