Rose Byrne Part Of A New Australian Female Production Company

  • Article by Amy Bradney-George
  • April 27, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Australian actress Rose Byrne is leading a new all female entertainment production company that’s already making headlines around the world.

The Dollhouse Collective launched in April 2015 and already has three features in development, with backing from Screen Australia secured for at least one of the projects.

The company is made up of five “risk takers, friends and passionate story tellers”: as well as Byrne, there is actress and writer Krew Boylan, producer and PR powerhouse Jessica Carrera, director Shannon Murphy, and film director, writer, editor and actress Gracie Otto.

Between them, they have the experience and accolades to have a huge impact on the entertainment industry in Australia, and on the creative presence of Australian work around the world. Their new website describes the collective as “five female filmmakers committed to exploring the boundaries of film, TV and theatre”.

“We champion change, we value relationships, we advocate artistic collaborations,” it says.

Of the projects slated for development, Rose Byrne is set to executive produce Seriously Red, a comedy drama about a “self-confessed clown who decides to take herself seriously by becoming a Dolly Parton impersonator”, for which Screen Australia has provided funding for Boylan to develop the script.

Meanwhile, Shannon Murphy is slated to direct When All the Water, a short feature written by Marisa Nathar and produced by Carrera, who is also producing Gracie Otto’s Girls In Hotels. Otto is listed as writer, director, editor and producer of the latter, which is in “advanced development”.

“It’s a mystery, a puzzle film, that unravels through time zones and hotels,” Otto says in an interview with ScreenDaily.

As well as Dollhouse Collective providing a platform for these five women, Otto says they hope to create more opportunities for women across the board.

“The core aim is to develop theatre, film and television together and tell stories with a strong female presence.”

“I relate to women’s story because they’re what I know,” she tells ScreenDaily. “I love working with women too.”

The Dollhouse Collective was launched in the May edition of Vogue, and already had close to 1000 likes on Facebook after six days. And as more media outlets like Deadline Hollywood pick up on the news, it is clear the Dollhouse Collective is a venture that’s getting a lot of attention and a lot of support.

Images: Rose Byrne, credit: Eva Rinaldi; Dollhouse Collective logo, source: screenshot from Dollhouse Collective website.

Dollhouse screenshot
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