Locally-made short film Lucy & DiC has expanded to an eight-part web series, having racked up over 1.6 million online views following its Adelaide Film Festival premiere in 2017.
A buddy comedy with a gentle sci-fi bent, a new trailer released today shows the series building on the initial premise of homebody Lucy (Lucy Gransbury) receiving dating advice from her ‘support drone’ DiC (voiced by comedian and YouTube personality Ethan Marrell), a sweary personal satellite that’s a mix of Star Wars droid BB-8, Futurama’s Bender and any number of jokey Triple M presenters whose nicknames end with ‘o’.
As Lucy navigates the worlds of dating, employment and family, creators Tom Phillips and Jeremy Kelly-Bakker subtly expand Lucy and DiC’s world with a cast that includes Kate Box (F***ing Adelaide), Natasha Wanganeen (Cargo) and former Good Game presenters Steven ‘Bajo’ O’Donnell and Stephanie ‘Hex’ Bendixsen.
A short preview released last year features Lucy and DiC lampooning social media influencers, with a trip to Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards in McLaren Vale giving the show a chance to poke fun at the “hand brushing through vines to show our earthiness, our connection to nature” money shots familiar to anyone who has watched a South Australian tourism advertisement in the past decade:
Devised by Phillips and Kelly-Bakker and produced by their Adelaide-based company We Made A Thing, the project’s online reception saw it attract support from Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation and the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund to flesh out their original short into a web series of eight short episodes.
The series comes shortly after Netflix acquired and released the Rose Byrne and Hillary Swank-starring I Am Mother, another Adelaide-shot film about a young woman and her robotic carer, albeit one with decidedly more terrifying results.
All eight episodes – 60 minutes of footage in total – will receive an official premiere on Wednesday, August 14 at Wallis Cinemas Mitcham, with the episodes to arrive online shortly after.