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MIPCOM Picks ’15: Graceland Happiness Project

A road trip fulfills a lifelong dream and also brings into focus the nature of happiness, and the importance of friendship.
September 1, 2015

Partners: Produced by Princess Pictures and the Australian Broadcast Corporation for ABC (Australia); distributed by ABC Commercial
Length: 1 x 60 minutes
Premiering: 2015
Rights available: All rights, worldwide

Originally produced as a 10-part webseries by comedy prodco Princess Pictures, this project follows two contestants of Australia’s 2013 season of Big Brother – winner Tim Dormer and Ben Zabel – as they embark on a journey that will see them visiting Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate. While the road trip will fulfill a lifelong dream for Zabel, who suffers from depression, it will also bring into focus for both men the nature of happiness, and the importance of friendship. Courtesy of the friends’ radically different personalities, expect some laughs along the way.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.