[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]It was an exciting evening at Loop bar last night for the June edition of Web Series IRL, with all three of the series screened being produced by predominately female creative teams. The screening included The Happiness Curve, Melbourne WebFest Spotlight Series’ Movement, and Leftovers Sketch Comedy.

The series’ are not only created by females but embrace the idea of females doing comedy, something that has been lacking in the filmmaking industry to date.

“I don’t know of many Australian sketch comedies with females at the centre of it,” says Helena Ruse co-creator of Leftovers.

Leftovers is a sketch comedy series written, directed and performed by Pippa Mills, Helena Ruse and Andrew Mills. The short sketches feature Pipa and Helena in very relatable and hilarious everyday occurrences.

“Leftovers really blew up after the ‘Melbourne Uni vs RMIT’ video,” says Helena.

It was then they started uploading their videos straight to Facebook instead of YouTube and found their audience increased enormously. Expectantly so, their video ‘Girls on Facebook’ has had huge success on the platform boasting over 600,000 views.

“Leftovers is made for the web, I don’t think it could live anywhere else,” says Pippa.

The series is largely well received but as is the way with the web, particularly for women, negative comments are always a concern.

“We’ve had to stop reading comments, people say some negative things. Pippa and Helena don’t give a shit though and that amazes me because it would be really hard for me,” says Andrew, the only male on the panel.

Movement creator Maria Angelico says, while she is glad to see so many great female creators, there is still a way to go.

“After going to Tribeca and everything, it’s become really clear there is a huge imbalance in the industry,” she says.

Movement follows Sophie, a self-confessed try-hard, as she battles her demons with the help of dance therapy sessions. Each dance class teaches Sophie a ‘healing mantra’ to deal with her struggles. Sophie’s extreme commitment to these mantras takes her on some crazy adventures.

Movement was one of five web series showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival as part of the Tribeca N.O.W Creator’s category. “We were very surprised but so excited to have our series screened in inner New York,” Maria says.

Initially Movement was created with no budget and it almost wasn’t finished because of this. “We started to look for funding and got knocked back by Screen Australia but we kept hustling them til they gave us some money,” she says laughing.

“The key creatives in the show are females so we came at it pushing that and Screen Australia backed us.

“I hope it’s encouraged more female driven content and female creators,” says Maria.

Similarly, The Happiness Curve creator Mar Borboa says working on no budget is tough and the narrative of the series was really influenced by this.

“You know how people say we made the series from a shoe string budget? Well I wish we had a shoe string,” she jokes.

“The story had to fit locations we could film in. I worked in a café so we shot a lot of scenes in a café.”

The Happiness Curve follows four under-achieving twenty something friends as they attempt to navigate the absurdities that come with being an adult. The series was nominated for three awards at LA WebFest earlier this year and won Best Ensemble Cast at the festival.

Mar says the series was inspired by traditional sitcoms, “Sitcoms are something you don’t see much of in Australia and we wanted to fill that space.”

The creators are unanimous when it comes to creating content for the web. “It’s a great space to create what you want without waiting for anyone’s permission,” says Maria.

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Left to right: IRL host Haley Adams, Andrew Mills, Helena Ruse,
Pippa Mills,
Mar Borboa & Maria Angelico.

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