A new queer web series shot in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast with a cast of local actors has made its debut on YouTube.
Set in Australia’s third largest city over a two-day weekend, Gay and Loathing in Bris Vegas follows the lives of seven gay men as they traverse the cul-de-sacs of sub-tropical suburbia.
The series introduces audiences to Simon (Michael Deed), the gay conservative who doesn’t care for politics because he only cares for himself; Simon’s faded twink best friend, Eric (Paul Newlands); Martyn with a Y (because “Y not?”), the ultimate gay millenial with a Pollyanna complex (Peter Wood); Garth (Josh Walker), the rugby playing “torsosexual” and sexting commitment-phobe; and the serial monogamist, Dave (Jake Cowan).
Gay and Loathing in Bris Vegas was shot around Brisbane and on the Gold Coast with almost 40 local cast and crew. Though the scripts were written over two weekends, it took several months to pull together the cast and crew, who self-funded the series, to complete production.
“It’s been the Gone with the Wind of Australian web series, but if recent audience reaction to the three episodes that screened at the Brisbane Queer Film Festival is anything to go by, we’ve managed to create a great product that is funny and engaging,” co-creator John Cahill told QN Magazine.
“We wanted to tell an intrinsically Brisbane story because the city often takes a backseat to Melbourne and Sydney.”
Cahill said the team want to point out that it is the characters that are gay and loathsome, not Bris Vegas, and the series is an endearing celebration of Brisbane.
“It’s a joke that we weave into story to help paint the relationship some characters have with not only their friends but also their environment,” Cahill said.
“The thing is, these characters might complain about living in this sub-tropical paradise with its man-made beach alongside the Brisbane river, but they would actually never leave.”
Three episodes of Gay and Loathing in Bris Vegas premiered at the Brisbane Queer Film Festival last month, and has been selected for the Sicily Webfest, the Global Web Series Festival in Los Angeles and the semi-finals of the International Online Web Festival.
“This show has been powered by good will of the cast and crew and our own paychecks, so it’s very satisfying to get global recognition of that effort with some good will coming back to the team,” Cahill said.
To watch the first two episodes of the series, head to the Gay and Loathing in Bris Vegas YouTube channel. A new episode is being released each Sunday at 6pm Brisbane time. For updates on the series, find the team on Facebook and Instagram.
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