Going up – Lucy Durack’s Lift secures production funding

Platinum Lining’s Lucy Durack, Leon Murray and Jess Murray.

Lucy Durack’s debut web series, Lift, has secured $70,000 production funding through Screenwest’s Elevate program.

The web series, set entirely in an elevator, will be an intimate look at the literal and metaphorical ups and downs of artist Olivia (Lucy Durack) and uptight Simon (Charlie Garber) as they travel the floors of their corporate office building.

Lift is a 10-part comedy web series created and written by Durack, Jess Murray and Leon Murray of Platinum Lining – a brand new digital, film & TV writing collective. Lift will be produced by Western Australian producer Lauren Elliott of Mad Kids, directed by Western Australian Zoe Pepper and Executive Produced by Chloe Rickard of Jungle.

“Over the last six years, Jess, Leon and I have been fortunate enough to be mentored by some of the top producers and screenwriters in the Australian film & TV industry,” said Durack.

“We are so excited to finally have the opportunity to produce our debut Platinum Lining project! We feel very privileged to be working with Lauren, Zoe and Chloe and we will be forever grateful to Screenwest for making it happen!”

Having produced nine projects with mostly males, Lauren Elliot is thrilled to be working with her first female writer/director team.

“Having the opportunity to collaborate with Zoe, Lucy and Platinum Lining is a real coup for Mad Kids as it will allow us to support emerging Western Australian talent and grow the WA talent pool of writers and directors, as well as diversify the Mad Kids slate.” says Elliot.

“The creative team are incredibly talented and I can’t wait to make this work fly when all the collaborators come together,” says director Zoe Pepper.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to continue to develop as a director for TV and film after directing theatre for the majority of my career.”

Lift is set to go into production in Perth in March 2018 and will debut online later that year.

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