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Invisible Boys receives the Stan and Screenwest Development Initiative

13/02/2021 7:03 AM
Invisible Boys receives the Stan and Screenwest Development Initiative

The LGBTQIA+ series 'Invisible Boys', which is based on the award-winning YA novel by Holden Sheppard, has received $20 000 in development funding from Stan and Screenwest.

The series will be comprised of 10 episodes, and is produced by Tania Chambers and Nicholas Verso, with Verso also writing and directing the series.

The series will foster local talent in Western Australia and has started development in Perth with a writing team comprised entirely of LGBTQIA+ identifying writers.

The book has received acclaim for its nuanced exploration of homosexuality and masculinity. The story follows Charlie, a gay teenage punk rocker who lives in the conservative and remote coastal town of Geraldton, WA. Charlie has a one-off encounter with a married man, which is subsequently exposed online. As a result of being outed, everyone in his small town finds out his secret. However, he soon learns that he’s not alone.

In 2019, the novel Invisible Boys was awarded the WA Premier’s Prize for an Emerging Writer and the Kathleen Mitchell Award, and in 2018 the City of Fremantle TAG Hungerford Award.

Producer Tania Chambers said, ‘We want this series to be a bold and controversial work, one that speaks to audiences now, in a world where it is still not safe in many places to be a queer teenager. Each of us explores and tries to find our tribe, seeking to be respected and to live without shame, but for many this is not easy. The struggles that can be felt around emerging sexuality are important to come out of the shadows and the special connections we make deserve to be celebrated. We intend the 'Invisible Boys' series to do this.’