Binge’s first love Story local drama: As we sit at the dinner table in a small Victorian house on the border of St Kilda’s gardens, Hugo Weaving’s Glenn Matheson declares his love for Anita, a woman he has only met. His adult kids, Clara and Aaron are speechless. He tells Clara that their late mother loved her, though she didn’t always show it, and she begins to cry.
I was in tears during the entire dinner scene. ” Novakovic says a couple of months after the scene I saw was shot, “I arrive there and then the director says, ‘OK, we’re done,’ and I just can’t stop crying.”
Binge’s first romantic-drama Love Me:
During the final cut of Binge’s first love story romantic drama Love Me. The director Emma Freeman kept the tiniest hint of waterworks, just enough for the audience to understand that Glenn’s words have hit a very raw nerve. But for Novakovic, who was born in Serbia, grew up in Melbourne, and lives in New York. It was impossible to simply turn off the waterworks. This is because she was struggling through so much at the moment.
Over Zoom, she says, I was unemployed due to COVID lockdown. It was my last day, and I didn’t want the filming to end. Love Me is an adaptation of a Swedish series that deals with high-stress situations, such as when a widowed father, his late-30s daughter, and his 20-something son stumble into romantic relationships after the death of Christine.
Hamish Lewis, the show’s executive producer:
According to Hamish Lewis, the show’s executive producer at Warner Brothers Television Australia, “It’s a story about love and grief told by three generations.”
Warners’ first local drama series was no simple task. Its bread and butter have been reality fares such as reality shows like The Bachelor franchise and glossy floor shows like Dancing with the Stars and The Masked Singer. They also won the right to produce the English-language version of the format for export to the entire world.
Lewis says that “Elizabeth Banks had secured the rights in the United States, but they were struggling with the project a bit. It was clear from day one where we wanted to take it and how we planned to address it. It was also crucial to tell the story of love through the eyes of an older generation as well. ” Grief and love are often intertwined.”
If you’re delicate, you should know that Weaving and Mitchell do indeed get down and dirty. It’s a revelation – and, according to Novakovic, it was a revolution too, as the storytellers and the actors had to have “extraordinary courage” to portray people in their 60s as sexual beings.
The beauty of Love Me lies in the simplicity of its premise. That simplicity is what makes a format popular, and in the increasingly global television market, that’s a critical factor.
“We’re trying to satisfy the local market first and foremost, but also ensuring that it sells internationally,” he says. “That’s a platform we can use to (a) raise the budgets of dramas, with money coming back from international markets, and (b) keep raising the bar on the quality of our drama and storytelling so that it’s up to par with the most acclaimed dramas in the world.”
In the case of Binge, EP (executive producer) AHBs had the primary intention of making something for an Australian audience. She wanted to tell a romantic story, but she wanted something that was fresh, modern, and really contemporary.
After watching COVID, I was thinking to myself, “Let’s have a bit of hope,” she continues. “Not bubblegum silly, but complex, interesting storylines that aren’t about death and trees and stuff.”