Series Mania Melbourne at ACMI

Thu 14th October, 2021 – Sun 17th October, 2021
Price: Free (bookings essential)
Series Mania Melbourne is back, showing off the best in television from around the world.

If lockdown has left you hungry for something new to watch, ACMI has the festival for you. Teaming up with Film Victoria, they’ll present Series Mania Melbourne, a free, four-day event in October that celebrates the best of new and upcoming television.

An annual event in France where it’s lauded as “the Cannes of the television industry”, Series Mania first came to Melbourne in 2017. Melbourne is the only city outside Europe to hold the festival.

This year’s program is entirely online, with the public screenings program available on ACMI’s online portal Cinema 3 for the four days of the festival.

It kicks off on October 14 with the first two episodes of the new season of critically acclaimed ABC hit Total Control. Starring multi award-winning actors Deborah Mailman and Rachel Griffiths, it picks up where season one left off, with Senator Alex Irving (Mailman) set to wreak havoc on the Australian political system

Highlights of the public screenings line-up include Hellbound (presented in partnership with Netflix), which is South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho’s highly anticipated series follow-up to his hit zombie features Train to Busan and Peninsula; French drama L’Opera, an immersive journey through Paris’ prestigious ballet company whose star Ariane Labed won the Best Actress Award at Series Mania France; and Preppers, a new Australian comedy from writers/creators Nakkiah Lui and Gabriel Dowrick in which a young Indigenous woman named Charlie (Lui) finds herself at the centre of a mismatched community of doomsday preppers.

Other series making their debut include a version of Hamlet that shifts the action to modern day Turkey, a look at New Zealand activist group the Polynesian Panthers, the latest in Nordic Noir from Norway and a moving look at a small town rocked by tragedy from Canada.

For those interested in the business side of television, Series Mania Melbourne is also presenting Industry Day, a full day of craft focused panels, keynotes, and masterclasses with the world’s leading creators. Taking place on October 14, it will be available via an online conference platform, with the full program released on October 1.

And for those looking to make their home viewing experience something special, ACMI is partnering with Handpicked Wines and Young Henry’s to deliver curated boxes for viewers to buy while enjoying the festival.

Series Mania Melbourne runs October 14-17. Bookings for the public screenings open on September 29, with bookings for the industry program open from October 1. All events are free, but streaming numbers are limited and bookings are essential.

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