Other People’s Problems stars Maria Angelico (Sisters, Wentworth) as Florence, a copywriter who starts ghost-writing letters to solve other people’s problems in exchange for second-hand clothing. It is based on the real-life website Clothing for Correspondence, which was also created by series creators Penelope Chai and Jane Dickenson.
“Other People’s Problems reflects on some of the more bewildering aspects of human interactions for those who sweat the small stuff,” said Dickenson. “It’s about striving to connect and the never-ending task of finding your place in the world.”
Angelico stars alongside Ainslie Clouston, Marta Kaczmarek, Ra Chapman and Melbourne-based artist Tariro Mavondo.
In addition to creators and series writers Chai and Dickenson, the majority of the team are women, including director Erin White (At Home With Julia), executive producer Sue Maslin (The Dressmaker) and producer Charlotte Seymour.
The series was one of five to be selected as part of ABC and Screen Australia’s Long Story Short joint initiative to greenlight digital-first series aimed at 18-35-year-olds. Rick Kalowski and Andrew Gregory are the executive producers for ABC.
Series Mania is a festival of international television that is held in Paris annually since 2009 and coming to Australia for the first time as a partnership between the ACMI and Film Victoria. Series Mania Melbourne will showcase highlights from Paris’ Series Mania 2017 over four days.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be chosen for Series Mania,” said Seymour. “[It] is such a prestigious event for series formats, which are exploding worldwide, particularly short form premium narrative content such as Other People’s Problems.”
Other People’s Problems is a Seymour Films production in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Film Art Media will distribute the series, set to screen on ABC iview later this year.
Other People’s Problems will screen at 3:30pm on Saturday, July 22, 2017.