GROUNDBREAKING QUEENSLAND-MADE CHILDREN'S TV SERIES LAUNCHED IN BEAUDESERT 7 FEBRUARY
To celebrate the first Indigenous children’s television series to be produced in Queensland, Grace Beside Me will be officially launched in Beaudesert on 7 February, ahead of its world premiere on National Indigenous Television NITV (Channel 34) on 16 February at 7.30pm.
Adapted from the award-winning novel by Eumundi based writer Sue McPherson, Grace Beside Me is a funny, spooky 13-part family television series from Magpie Pictures.
It tells the story of Fuzzy Mac, an Indigenous girl who just wants to be an ordinary teenager. But that’s not so easy when her ancestors have other plans and she keeps seeing ghosts! With one foot in the Indigenous realm of culture, Country, and spirits, and the other firmly planted in the world of a 21st century teenager, Fuzzy’s journey is to realise she belongs to both in her own unique way.
Starring up and coming talent, Kyliric Masella as Fuzzy Mac, Mairehau Grace and Tjiirdm McGuire as Fuzzy’s best buddies Tui and Yar, and Tessa Rose and Charles Passi as her Nan and Pop. The series is also the first acting role for Kyliric Massela and many of the young cast.
“Grace Beside Me breaks a lot of new ground” said producers Lois Randall and Dena Curtis. “It's the first live-action drama commission for NITV and first co-commission between NITV and ABC, with Disney Channel also licensing the series in Australia and New Zealand, and Canada’s 9 Story Media Group picking up the series as their first Australian title for rest of world distribution. Screen Australia and Screen Queensland were also major investors.”
The entire production was based in Beaudesert and the beautiful Scenic Rim, where the creators were very grateful for the support of the Mununjali Elders, Scenic Rim Regional Council and the local community.