The multi-award winning web series Gut Feeling, created by AFTRS Masters graduate Hattie Archibald, premieres in Australia on ABC iview this Friday 8 May.
Creator/director Hattie Archibald completed Gut Feeling as her final project for her Master of Arts Screen: Directing at AFTRS in 2018. The series has collected multiple awards around the world (full list below), including the 2019 People’s Choice awards at Melbourne and Minnesota Webfests.
Gut Feeling is a comedy web series about learning how – and when – to trust your gut. The 3 x 12 minute series stars Bridie Connell of Tonightly with Tom Ballard fame. In the series, Bridie Connell plays Liv, a 28-year-old advertising creative, who is pretty happy: good job, nice Sydney apartment, and a good enough relationship with her boyfriend Luke (Liam Seymour). Things are ticking along nicely, until the day she meets her intuition Uta.
With Bridie Connell playing dual roles of both Liv and Uta, the show plays out as a romantic comedy about a girl and her gut. Boasting an amazing line-up of local comedy actors Susie Youssef (The Project), Alex Lee (The Checkout), Greta Lee-Jackson (Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am), and Jeanette Cronin (Wrong Kind of Black), Gut Feeling is laugh-out-loud funny with a warm message about self-love.
Originally from rural NSW, Hattie Archibald is an emerging director, writer and producer with a background in documentary impact producing. Since graduating, Hattie has shadowed a director on Home & Away and worked as a 1st Assistant Director on projects including the feature film Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt) and on Rocky & Me for ABC ME, for which she was also an associate producer alongside producer Emily Bull. Hattie’s other directing credits include the short films The Rehearsal, Asymptotes, The Brazilian and Sac’rebleu, and a range of online content.
Gut Feeling was created and directed by Hattie Archibald, written by Bridie Connell and produced by Emily Bull of HelloFuture.tv. The director of photography was Toby Jonathan Petch, with production design by Mathilda Robba, editing by James Cowie and Sarah Panzetta, sound design by Nathan Turnbull and original music composed by Mark Douglas Williams.
The series was financed through AFTRS, with the support of HelloFuture, Spectrum Films and the donations of individuals through two crowdfunding campaigns.
Hattie Archibald on the set of ‘Gut Feeling’ with 1st AC Emma Elias | Image: David Collins Photography.