Jason Stevens to make directorial debut with coming-of-age dramedy Finally Me

Jazz Laker and Josh Heuston in Finally Me.

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Jason Stevens has announced his new film – a new romantic comedy called Finally Me.

Following the success of the 2018 film Chasing Comets, which was written by Stevens, Finally Me will mark the former Rugby League player and TV presenter’s directing debut.

“I’m beyond excited to make my second feature and to be directing,” says Stevens.

Finally Me began development in 2010 and is described as being a cross between My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Bring it On.

“My background is Greek, so I was able to draw on humour from my own family and the Greek community. I remember growing up watching Acropolis Now, but at the same time, loved teen flicks like 10 Things I Hate About You. In many ways this film is a tribute to my Pappous and his Greek heritage. He came to Australia with zero in his pockets and a family to feed and worked so hard. I weaved his story into the film. He was also a fan of Garlic and without giving too much away, is a secret weapon used in the film.”

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Set in the 1990’s, Finally Me follows Soula Mitsos, who works after school in her family-owned take away Souvlaki store.

Despite her dreams of becoming a cheerleader for Westend High, Soula is overwhelmed by the pressure of her father to take over the store and marry a Greek boy named Jimmy.

Finally Me explores Soula’s journey to find her voice and her place in this world.

“When I first read the script, I immediately felt drawn to Soula,” says Jazz Laker who plays Soula.

“She is a character that resonates so deeply within me. She has a very clear dream, and has this sass that just makes you love her. But she has to face so many people telling her that she isn’t capable, she isn’t right, she should stick to her lane. I think that is something a lot of people can empathise with. Especially when your dreams seem so big and scary to others. The most magical moments come when you push past everyone who tells you no – and prove them wrong.”

Tony Nikolakopoulos (Wog Boy), Tiarnie Coupland (Love Child), Josh Heuston (Heartbreak High), Alea O’Shea (Home and Away), Naomi Sequeira (Romance on the Menu) and Rhys Muldoon (New Gold Mountain) will co-star in the film.

Finally Me will begin filming in January in Sydney 2022.

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