TikTok web series gets Screen Australia funding

Screen Australia has awarded funding to the first production to be exclusively distributed on TikTok.

Scattered, which goes into production in Melbourne in February, is a 38 x 1 minute web series following three best friends the day after their friend’s funeral. They have lost his ashes, and over the course of the series attempt to find them and properly farewell him.

Producers Hayley Adams and Michelle Melky also worked on Love Songs, a TikTok series which to date has attracted more than 12 million views and 2.5 million likes.

Co-creators Logan Mucha and Kate Darrigan

“After the incredible success of Love Songs, we were excited to support this team who are at the forefront of young adult content for online audiences,” said Screen Australia’s senior online investment manager, Lee Naimo.

“Scattered is an innovative and moving drama exploring themes of grief, friendship and identity and I look forward to seeing it next year.”

Producer Adams added that “we knew we wanted to make more content for TikTok, and Scattered felt like the right project for the platform”.

“TikTok is a filmmaker’s dream. You can really get your content seen by an audience that wants to see it. As Scattered is a queer series, we hope that its deeply personal narrative will resonate with the platform’s diverse audiences,” she said.

Co-creators Logan Mucha and Kate Darrigan also served as writers for the series, in addition to Adolfo Aranjuez.

“I’m excited to share our intimate story of how young people navigate grief and friendship through a uniquely queer lens,” Mucha said.

“TikTok was the perfect opportunity to explore a new way of storytelling, while connecting with its passionate and engaged users.”


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