Brisbane-based director Joel Stephen Fleming has launched his new multi-cultural comedy web series, Summer School.

The creative mind behind production company 13th Street Films, which he founded in 2015, Joel is a multi-award-winning director, despite only recently having graduated from Griffith University. His short film Jehovah was selected to play at a dozen film festivals all over the world, and was a runner-up at the inaugural No Small Stories Film Festival in Sydney.

Joel’s latest endeavour Summer School centres around a group of inept and inexperienced educators begrudgingly working through their summer holiday under the dictatorship of an obsessive and controlling Principal. The six part web series features an ensemble cast of local actors including Will Kelly, Gabriel Stoltz, Matthew James French as well as newcomer and former Bachelor contestant Reshael Sirputh. Members of the acting team are all currently pursuing acting careers in Queensland or Sydney, with several being part of Thor: Ragnarok, the latest Marvel blockbuster shot on Aussie soil. Others are also involved in the upcoming ABC television series Harrow.

In 2017 the team at 13th Street Films won Best Web Series for Life Series at the Australian Screen Industry Awards. The group are seeking to garner interest from online platforms and Australian television networks to secure funding or co-production. The team are feeling confident after already attracting thousands of fans to their Facebook page and raising more than $2500 via their IndieGoGo campaign ahead of the pilot episode’s release on YouTube.

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