Screening Room

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.