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Work on new TV comedy Very Small Business with Wayne Hope and Robyn Butler

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One lucky student Equity member who is in their final year of drama school in 2017 will have the opportunity spend a week working alongside the cast and crew of Back in Very Small Business.

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The show is being created by Gristmill; an Australian production company run by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope specialising in comedies like The Librarians and Upper Middle Bogan.

Back in Very Small Business is a sequel to their 2008 six-part comedy Very Small Business for the ABC. It will follow the further misadventures of Don Angel (Hope), a dodgy small businessman who runs the grandly titled World Wide Business Group.

“Robyn and I delighted to have the opportunity to host a graduate/intern on our new show,” Hope said. “An early quick tip for the successful candidate: Get to lunch early because those grips and gaffers really do chow down.”

The one week internship will provide a unique opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of this Australian television production and spend time with key cast members as well as the casting, wardrobe, scheduling, script, art, make-up and editing.

This is a paid internship, thanks to the generous support of Media Super. CEO Graeme Russell said that Media Super would continue to foster the development of Australian talent in script development, production, on screen performance and behind the camera.

“We’re particularly delighted to support an internship at a production that is being part-funded from Media Super’s $60m Australian Film and Television Finance Facility. Wayne Hope, Robyn Butler and the team at Gristmill are one of our most talented production teams, so working on Back in Very Small Business will be a great experience for one of our emerging performers looking to hone their craft. I want to thank Gristmill and the Equity Foundation for providing this opportunity,” he said.

The internship will be offered to a full-time drama student who is completing their last year of formal study at an accredited drama school, nationwide.

The internship will take place from January 10-25, 2018, in Melbourne.

The successful applicant will be paid at the appropriate award rate. Accommodation and return flights to Melbourne will be covered, if necessary, together with a small stipend each day.

The intern will be required to complete a written article for The Equity Magazine and short video about their experience.

Applications close at midnight AEST Sunday November 19th, 2017.

To apply you must be a student member of the Equity Section of MEAA. To join click here or phone MEAA Member Central 1300 656 513.

Five finalists will be announced in December with the winner notified on Friday December 15, 2017.

Your self-test must be uploaded to a video hosting website such as YouTube. Video files will not be accepted.

If you would like some advice on self-testing please view our "How to Self Test" instructional videos here.

Please choose ONE character and complete a self test of ONE scenes. 

Sam, 22, is impossibly cool and an emotional wreck. Don and Tina’s divorce ten years ago signalled the moment they stopped being parents to Sam and her brother Alex. When her mother fled to the Gold Coast with her hairdresser boyfriend leaving the children with their protesting father, Sam decided that emotional disconnection was the safest route through life. She quelled any volatile teenage feelings by self- medicating, which explains why her final year of high school remains a blur of night clubs, drugs and tequila shots. Testament to the apple not falling far from the tree, Sam turned her psychological dysfunction into economic prosperity. She fostered relationships with sports stars, minor celebrities, radio personalities and talked her way into a managing them in a social media empire. Sam recognises vulnerability and weakness in people and is able exploit those feelings and turn them into cold hard cash. Sam knows what is hip before it hits the zeitgeist. She speaks a vernacular that Don can’t master - which she uses like a weapon against him, aware of the power she wields in controlling a part of the business he can’t. Not that Don minds; he loves that Sam brings a sharp, edgy fervour to the WWBG. And a lot of money.


Alex was pretty well raised by Sam until he was sixteen when he moved out of Don’s house into a friend’s home were the parents were actually present. Despite being briefly nurtured by another family, Alex has suffered from neglect and struggles to find his way in the world, and to now get off his inner-city couch. Alex is sensitive and artistic and his choice to be mostly unemployed while he chases a career as a singer- songwriter is in stark opposition to his sister’s pursuit of cash. It’s not that Alex doesn’t enjoy having money; he just doesn’t love having to do much to get it. Genuinely talented but deeply immature, Alex, fuelled by kimchi, kombucha and weed, is dismissive of Don’s business enterprises, but keen to stick his hand out to reap the benefits. 





The Equity Foundation thanks Media Super, Gristmill and Showcast for making this opportunity possible for Equity members.  


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