Screenwest, Screen Australia and ABC Indigenous have announce KGB, a comedy web series created by Western Australian indigenous filmmaker brothers, Luke and Dan Riches, has been greenlit by the ABC thanks to Screenwest’s Indigenous Online Initiative – Originate.
Set in Perth’s notorious KGB (Koondoola, Girrawheen, Balga), the series follows two rookie detectives, tough guy Jack and gentle giant Nigel, as they deal with the chaos of their new jobs, no-nonsense boss, work rivals, drug dealers and culprits who consistently turn out to be family members. Despite battling their own insecurities at every turn, and the fact that Jack bullied Nigel in high school, these two might just turn out to be KGB’s finest detectives.
The series boasts a stellar Australian cast including Clarence Ryan (Cleverman), Bjorn Stewart (Black Comedy), Genevieve Morris (No Activity) Mark Coles Smith (Pawno), Aaron McGrath (Jasper Jones), WAAPA alumni Jesse Phillips and indigenous theatre stars Lynette Narkle and Amy Smith, as well as a number of up-and-coming Western Australian performers.
Luke and Dan Riches are the founders of Ardiol Media, a Perth-based production company. After leaving behind their day jobs to pursue their dreams in the film industry, the brothers received a crash course in television production through the making of Lost Diamonds, a documentary coming soon to NITV. The boys are excited to endeavour on a web series comedy which they describe as Hot Fuzz meets Black Comedy.
“We were surprised to be selected given the competitive field of applicants, but also super thankful and excited for the opportunity Screenwest and the ABC are providing us. KGB will allow us to explore our creativity in a whole new genre,” the Riches said in a joint statement.
KGB will be executive produced by Lauren Elliott of Mad Kids, produced by Taryne Laffar and written by the Riches, together with emerging WA screenwriters Joel Gray (Small Town Hackers, Aussie Rangers) and Clare Toonen (You, Me and Karen, Rift). The Riches will direct, with Henry Inglis (Small Town Hackers, DAFUQ?) as director’s mentor.
“I’m so glad KGB won because I really want to watch it! I feel very privileged to be selected by Screenwest and ABC as EP, and I’m excited to be mentoring Luke, Dan and our series producer, Taryne Laffar. This opportunity is a real coup for Mad Kids as it will allow us to support emerging indigenous Western Australian talent, as well as produce a show that we think is bloody funny.” said Lauren Elliott.
Mad Kids are the team behind a number of original digital and television comedy projects including Small Town Hackers, LIFT, The Big Spaghetti, DAFUQ?, The Legend of Gavin Tanner, The Shapes, Henry & Aaron’s 7 Steps to Superstardom and viral sensations It’s a Snap! and Set Yourself Free.
KGB is filming in Perth this month and will premiere on ABC iview in 2019.