Information + Cultural Exchange would like to congratulate Afro Sistahs on receiving development funding for their self-titled series!
Who are Afro Sistahs?
Afro Sistahs are, as they describe themselves, a group of young Afro Australian women from Western Sydney who want to present the world as it is for those that live in Australia, while being black. They’re a mix of writers, producers, actors, and more and they’re all multitalented. They’ve been working together as a creative powerhouse.
What are they working on?
Taking inspiration from international successes like Insecure and Chewing Gum, Afro Sistahs is humorous, thought-provoking and sassy. The experiences of young women from African backgrounds, is something new for Australian media. The everyday struggles of this millennial generation include sexuality and heartbreak, identity and ambition, and the ever-present scrutiny of social media. To top it off, the show’s unique blend of Australian-African sensibilities provides a lens into a world rarely seen. Steering away from the stereotypical views of Africans in Australia as victims and refugees with trauma, this web series captures the diversity of Africans in contemporary Australia from different backgrounds, faiths, sexual identities and cultures.
What does I.C.E. have to do with this?
I.C.E. has been supporting and resourcing the creative team and the web series since its inception, and will continue to support the project as co-producer. I.C.E’s Screen Cultures Program resourced the early development of the series and the artistic skills development of the creative team, while I.C.E’s Multicultural Women’s Hub supported the team’s business development to form Afro Sistahs Collective Pty Ltd. I.C.E’s Screen Cultures Program is supported by Create NSW, and the Multicultural Women’s Hub is supported by Multicultural NSW.
With this development funding from Screen Australia, I.C.E. will assist by mentoring the group and helping out with things like early script development workshops, running writers rooms (they’re up to the fourth for the series, now) and taking the series to the next stage of development.
Afro Sistahs will be headed by an all-female team including producers Safia Amadou and Mumbi Hinga(Survive or Die), director Hawanatu Bangura (Inner Demons) and executive producer Rosie Lourde (Skin Deep, Starting From Now). Writers Moreblessing Maturure and Rebekah Robertson, performer Ebube Uba and script editor Louise Gough are also attached.
We cannot wait for this to hit Australian Screens! Thanks Screen Australia and thanks Afro Sistahs!!!
Image: Afro Sistahs team at the meeting with Screen Australia, 2019.