Sex & Death “ an offbeat comedic web series that chronicles the romantic and aspirational sagas of a neurodiverse amateur actress

Published by: This Much Talent | 9-Mar-2020
Sex & Death is a six-part web series that follows aspiring but hopeless actress Charlie and her lost cause attempts at romance. Produced by Tobias Willis of Kewl Studios (Now Sound 2018) and starring Actor, Writer and Director Kathleen Lee (Bush Trip 2016) as the protagonist, Sex & Death explores relationships, virtue, self-discovery and self-expression in a semi-autobiographical exploration into the neurodiverse life and brain of Lee herself. With all six episodes set to be released online Wednesday 18 March via
With a knack for intimate character development and sharp dialogue-focused filmmaking, Kathleen Lee's offbeat romantic comedies have cemented her as a vital and leading voice of the Australian film industry. Sex & Death accentuates Lee's instinctive compulsion to depict eccentric but warm characters that celebrate the zeitgeist and landscape of the world around her. Haunted by duplicitous lovers, selfish friends and a tyrannical acting coach, the series follows Charlie (Lee) on a tumultuous journey to emotional liberation and expressive freedom; drawing directly on Lee's experience living with undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder. Featuring notable performances from Isabella Giovinazzo (Home and Away) and Raw Comedy winner Jonathan Schuster (Fancy Boy, Fresh Blood), Sex & Death is a fresh take on modern day relationships from an essential new viewpoint.

Since writing Sex & Death I have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and am currently writing another show explicitly exploring this. However, Sex & Death is also about my experiences leading up to my diagnoses before I had the language to express it in those terms. Charlie is a person who is innately different trying to navigate how to fit into a world where she doesn't seem to belong. What's interesting and different about this story is that it is the main character, the observer, the eyes through which we see the world that is the weird, the different, the neurodiverse character and because of this, it's the neurotypical people around her: Damian, Tanya and even Greg who become the absurd characters. “ Kathleen Lee

Producer Tobias Willis has established a career in music as a filmmaker and now runs his own creative studio, KEWL. Through his explorations of the music industry he has had the chance to work directly with Australian artists including Jess Ribeiro, Jen Choler, Kirin J Callinan, Sui Zhen, Client Liaison, KLLO, Courtney Barnett, Totally Mild and more and premiered his feature-length documentary Now Sound at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2018. Together with Kathleen, Tobias has established himself as a leading voice of the independent film scene in Melbourne and beyond.

Be sure to join Kathleen, Tobias and the cast for an intimate premiere at The Curtin on Tuesday 17 March, but be quick, spaces are extremely limited.
Sex & Death Premiere Film Screening Tuesday 17 March
The Curtin
Doors: 6:30pm
Screening at 7:30pm
Free entry RSVP via
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Sex & Death is out online Wednesday 18 March via

Writer/Director: Kathleen Lee
Co-Director: John Campbell
Producer: Tobias Willis
Director of Photography: Jonathan Haynes

Kathleen Lee as Charlie
Isabella Giovinazzo as Tanya
Jonathan Schuster as Pat
Robin Brown as Damian
Greg Ulfan as Greg

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