A queer, female-driven series about dating...and dogs.
Ex-lovers, Tiff & Gem are forced back together to co-parent their all knowing (and talking) dog, Butch. But no matter how hard they try to move on, Gem and Tiff keep seeing each other in all their new dates.
When ever-emerging artist Gem, is caught with another woman at her own surprise engagement party, her girlfriend, uptight accountant Tiff, calls off the seven year relationship.
Tiff processes the break-up through microwaved hot dogs and re-runs of the L Word, whereas Gem falls into the arms of multiple ‘one night only’ lovers. That is, until their dog, the all seeing and talking Butch, stages an emergency trip to the vet, forcing them back in the same room. Each episode, under the narration of Butch, Gem and Tiff struggle to forge new romantic connections, all the while trying to prove to each other they are better off. Complicating their attempts to move on, Gem and Tiff see one another in each of their new dates. (A cast of characters played by the same actors as Gem and Tiff). Like a child from a broken home, Butch tries to sabotage her fur-mums attempts at finding new love. We are left wondering- will Tiff and Gem find love and will it be with each other?
Producer >> Writer >> Tiff/Kinderbah
Holly Austin is one of Australia’s most versatile multi-disciplinary performers celebrated for her individuality in theatre making and her unique vocal dexterity.
Graduating from NIDA in 2003, Holly was a recipient of The Mike Walsh Fellowship and The Ian Potter Cultural Grant. She studied improvisation at Second City and iO in Chicago and Clowning with Pierre Byland in Switzerland. She was recently co-awarded The Philip Parsons Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights.
She has a vast number of screen and theatre credits to her name. Most recently she performed in Theatre of Image’s production of Little Beauty and State Theatre Company of South Australia’s Popular Mechanicals. She was a writer and performer for The Comedy Channel's Open Slather and appeared in the Nine Network’s House Husbands (Series 5).
Holly has created a number of projects for theatre and television in collaboration with Adriano Cappelletta, including Ruby’s Wish (Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre, Belvoir), CuBBYHOuSE (the Public Theater NYC, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Blue Room), Ultimate Fanj (ABC iview) and Connie Chang’s Cabaret Roadshow (Sydney Opera House Studio, Sydney Comedy Festival, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Great Escape Festival).
Holly is also a musician and beatboxer and has performed with the likes of Martha Wainwright, John Butler, MC Common, and Amanda Palmer. In 2017, Holly performed in the South by South West Festival in Austin, Texas.
Producer >> Writer >> Gem/Werner
Zoe McDonald is a writer, actor and comedian.
She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Music Theatre course in 2008. Since then, she has performed and written for theatre and television.
She debuted her one woman show FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2013, and was a recipient of the Adelaide Fringe Festival Tour Ready Award. This led to sell-out seasons in Adelaide and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Zoe debuted internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014, with the Huffington Post UK naming Zoe as one of the “Four female comedians to watch at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.” In 2016 Zoe returned to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Malthouse Theatre) with her multi-character comedy Good Morning Mofo. She was named one of “Three must-see women” at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, alongside Celia Pacquola and Hannah Gadsby.
In 2015 Zoe was part of the writing team for sketch comedy series Open Slather on Foxtel’s Comedy Channel and in 2017 starred in the award winning web series Sexy Herpes. Zoe graduated with a Masters in Screenwriting from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2018.
Harry is a at the heart of it a content creator, she cut her teeth creating short form narrative at the ABC and has worked on some of the biggest comedy shows in Australia, The Katering Show, The Slot and Open Slather. She wrote and directed 2017’s ABC ME most video online video,
‘What It’s Like to be Queer’. She also wrote and directed the short ‘Steak Out’ which was nominated for multiple awards at the 2017 48hr film festival Melbourne.
Originally from Wales, HArry began her radio career in 2016. HArry can be heard around Australia co hosting Joy 94.9’s breakfast show ‘The Tag Team’. Harry ancored the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian MArdi Gras for SBS and Joy 94.9 radio. It was her second time hosting the prestigious event.
Jamie Houge is co-founder of PLOT Media, known for creating cross-disciplinary experiences and injecting a unique voice into the Australian screen arts and media landscape. She has over 15 years experience producing feature film, web-series, online content, AR, VR, websites, apps, games and exhibitions. Jamie specialises in identifying and engaging audiences for projects from inception through to release.
Her feature film credits as a producer include Screen Australia funded ACUTE MISFORTUNE (2018) winner of the MIFF Age Critics award, SUGAR MOUNTAIN (2016, USA) starring Jason Mamoa and Carey Elwes, THE LOOKALIKE (2014, USA) starring Jerry O’Connell and Gillian Jacobs and BLINDER (2013), starring Jack Thompson and Angus Sampson. In 2016 Jamie was selected by MIFF 37ºSouth Market and PFM (with financial support from Film Victoria) to pitch films in development at the London Production Finance Market (PFM) during BFI London Film Festival.
Her multi-platform credits include producer of THE HUMP SHOPPING NETWORK, an improvised comedy show for eBay streamed live to Facebook. Director and producer of THE WESTBURY FAERY (2017), a web-series and multi-platform game funded by Screen Australia, the Canada Media Fund and Film Victoria which won the international Shorty Award for Best Use of Augmented Reality.
Executive Producer & Producer
Jenni Tosi is one of Australia’s most well-known Screen Executives. She is currently producing the season two of ‘How To Stay Married’ for Network Ten and Melbourne based Princess Pictures, having just completed a 12 month contract as their Managing Director. From 2011-2017 Jenni was the CEO of Film Victoria, during which time she increased the state’s production activity significantly, bringing in excess of one billion dollars in expenditure over her seven year tenure. A highly experienced Producer, line producer, risk management consultant and now EP, having worked in the industry for over 35 years, Jenni has a wealth of production experience and industry knowledge across the development, financing and production phases of feature films, television series and documentaries. Her credits include the AFI award winning HOLLY’S HEROES, MACBETH, BOOTLEG and THE LEGACY OF THE SILVER SHADOW. Jenni’s extensive network of relationships with broadcasters, svod’s, government agencies and financiers, locally and internationally, give her incredible access to potential production partners. Jenni was recently elected as a Councillor of Screen Producers Australia. She is an Adjunct Professor of RMIT University’s School of Media &Communication and also served on the Ausfilm Board for 7 years. Jenni also mentors and coaches female screen practitioners assisting them to achieve their career goals, an aspect of her own career she finds most rewarding.
Be a watch dog.
Butch Pilot has been doing the rounds of North America, most recently screening at NEWFEST, New York's LGBTIQA+ Film Festival in October 2019.
Meanwhile, Butch creators Zoe and Holly are cooking up some magic in the writers room, so stay tuned for news via the DIG UP THE DIRT blog on our site and our socials for updates on the show.