The final episode of Scattered, the first-ever TikTok web series to be funded by Screen Australia and Film Victoria, drops this week.
Produced by Hayley Adams and Michelle Melky, and directed by Logan Mucha, Scattered is a new queer drama comprising 38 one-minute daily episodes.
Launched in May, the series follows three best friends, Jules, Sami, and Bo, the day after their friend Wil’s funeral.
They wake up with brutal hangovers and missing one person, Wil… his ashes, that is.
Over the series, the friends retrace their steps to find his ashes and give him the send-off he deserves.
TikTok has become a hot online platform for queer communities to gather and create art, memes, and trends.
Bringing this queer series to the platform in 2021 is the perfect pairing of emotive filmmaking and a platform designed for mass distribution.
In its first week, the account rapidly gained 700,000 views, 40,000 followers, 230,000 likes and, 1,500 comments, all before the first episode had been released.
Adams and Melky have previously collaborated to produce and direct Love Songs, the world’s first narrative series for TikTok, with 21 one-minute episodes that amassed more than 12 million views, with the highly anticipated Season 2 now being released in partnership with Tinder.
Scattered stars an emerging cast of relative newcomers, including the three leads – Zenya Carmelotti as Sami, Kurt Pimblett as Bo, and Campbell Connelly as Jules.
Cowritten by Logan Mucha, Kate Darrigan, and Adolfo Aranjuez, it was filmed on location in Melbourne.
“We’re really proud to support this clever and captivating series from a talented team with a proven track record of creating entertaining content in bite-size episodes,” said Lee Naimo, Senior Online Investment Manager at Screen Australia.
Film Victoria CEO Caroline Pitcher said that the series is “moving, diverse, and beautifully shot”.
“Scattered has set the bar high for Australian TikTok series,” said Pitcher.
“We can’t wait to see audiences embrace this heartfelt screen story, and we encourage more Victorian creative teams to take the leap into vertical production.”