MINT CONDITION is a new short drama series about a forty-something single mum Audrey, who opens a record shop in Fitzroy, her headstrong 14 year old daughter Deanna, her father Conway, and boozing ex rock star Vince Taylor, former front-man of legendary Australian band "Elemental Child."
The show stars Sibylla Budd as Audrey, Bernard Curry as Vince, Gary Sweet as Conway, Damien Richardson as Guy, and newcomer Grace Champion as Deanna.
Series 1 features 5 x 11 minute episodes available May 7,
streaming via: mintconditiontv.com
Produced by Melbourne's award-winning independent production company Boilermaker Pty Ltd, in partnership with Soundfirm Australia and Cameraquip, the show features original music from 14 of Melbourne's finest independent bands, showcasing 23 songs.
The series was directed by Steve Mann, produced by Gareth Calverley and Andrew McInally, and written by Gareth Calverley, John Davies, Chris Roache, and Lyndelle Wilkinson, a PBS FM announcer and the show's music supervisor.
Filmed in Melbourne late last year, locations included Oh Jean Records in Fitzroy, Bakehouse Studios, Red Betty Bar in Brunswick, and PBS FM in Collingwood.
According to the show's co-writer and producer Gareth Calverley, "Mint Condition was a labour of love. We're very proud of our amazing cast, our dedicated crew, and all the great local bands who contributed to the soundtrack."
"We know things aren't easy right now. We decided to launch the show in the hope that it connects with an audience worldwide. It's made for anyone who loves independent Australian music and for those who believe it's important to support local filmmakers during a difficult time." Calverley added, "Short form content is taking off around the world. New international platform QUIBI is a great example, "quick bites" of original new shows. Our audience can experience Series 1 of 'Mint Condition' in one hour."
Says Lyndelle Wilkinson, the show's co-producer and music supervisor; "We want the audience to really love the diversity of these great songs and get a good feel for the live music scene and the music community that we have in Melbourne. Even though we are all currently in lockdown,we want to bring that passion for local music to the audience while we are currently unable to go out and be a part of it. Melbourne is the music capital of the world, with usually hundreds of gigs on weekly, so right now we have a huge opportunity to showcase this incredible community and comfort each other with what we have and remind ourselves how lucky we are. I hope the audience is hungry for it and will be inspired to get out and support local artists when things return to normal."
Artists on the series 1 soundtrack include Mick Thomas' Roving Commission, Jade Imagine, The Pink Tiles, Charles Jenkins, Raised by Eagles, Cold Gold, The Meltdown, Quivers, Acre, Nat Vazer, Astral Skulls, Romeo Moon, Cool Explosions, Hearts and Rockets, Bernard Curry, Mono Delux featuring Kylie Auldist, and #1 Dads featuring Ainslie Wills, and more...
Head to the "Mint Condition" website to watch the five-episode series. You can also find the series on Apply TV, Roku, iOs, Android and Chromecast.