New Nakkiah Lui comedy series, ‘Preppers’, gets Screen Australia backing

Starring Lui as a woman caught up in a cult of doomsday preppers

A new ABC comedy series from Nakkiah Lui and Gabe Dowrick about doomsday preppers has received financial backing from Screen Australia.

Screen Australia will dispense $2.7million to two features, one TV drama, one children’s drama, and five online projects in its latest round of funding.

Per a press bio, Preppers will star Lui as a young Indigenous woman who accidentally finds herself in the midst of a cult of doomsday preppers after experiencing a “cataclysmic” personal event.

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The six-part series will be produced by Sylvia Warmer (Kiki and Kitty) and executive-produced by Liz Watts.

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, a sequel to the Roache-Turner brothers’ 2014 zombie film Wyrmwood Apocalypse, is another of the feature recipients of the Screen Australia funding.

The feature film debut of writer-director Sara Kern, Vesna, has also been funded. Per a film bio, the plot follows the story of “ten-year-old Nika who lives in Melbourne with her hardworking Slovenian father and her pregnant sister Vesna”.

“After her mother’s sudden death, Nika becomes the unexpected grown-up of this fragmented family, and tries to bring her troubled older sister and distant father together.”

View the whole list of funding recipients here.

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In related news, Lui launched her own publishing imprint, Joan, with Allen & Unwin earlier this week.

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