‘Invisible Boys’ receives development funding for television series


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The powerful and hard hitting book Invisible Boys is set to hit Australian television screens.

In 2020 it was announced the book had been optioned for television development.

Earlier this year it was revealed the show had received further funding.

The announcement is a great addition to local original queer television content in Australia.

Invisible Boys set to foster local talent in WA

Author Holden Sheppard has received extensive accolades for his novel and its’ representation of young queer people growing up in Western Australia.

The Invisible Boys television series has been announced as the recipient of a joint development initiative by Screenwest and Stan.

Development has already began in Perth with a team of LGBTIQA+ writers commencing work on the project.

“We want this series to be a bold and controversial work. One that speaks to audiences now, in a world where it is still not safe in many places to be a queer teenager.”

“Each of us explores and tries to find our tribe, seeking to be respected and to live without shame, but for many this is not easy.”

“The struggles that can be felt around emerging sexuality are important to come out of the shadows and the special connections we make deserve to be celebrated. We intend the Invisible Boys series to do this.” said Tania Chambers, Producer.

As harrowing as it is hopeful; a realistic snapshot of rural life.

This debut work for Holden Sheppard has seen Invisible Boys collect a string of awards.

In 2019 he received the WA Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer.

Further to this in 2019, The Kathleen Mitchell Award and earlier the 2018 City of Fremantle TAG Hungerford Award.

Invisible Boys tells the stories of Charlie, Zeke and Hammer as they navigate their sexuality living in rural Western Australia.

Real and raw, their stories are etched in the red dirt; their experiences universal.

Written from personal experience, Holden Sheppard is telling his part of this story.

Although not a memoir, Invisible Boys is part of his personal history.

Each of the three boys making up parts of his own life and his own stories; creating a beautiful and powerful novel.

Look out for Invisible Boys on your screens in the future.

Watch Holden Sheppard talking about the project below.

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