What is Sexy Herpes?
Sarah’s a sexual health nurse who’s permanently having a bad day. Her patients are hypochondriacs and sexual misfits; Her boss always ‘overshares’ (her man’s di*k pics). And her therapist just told her she screams ‘dead mother’.
Set in a sexual health clinic where the staff are as dysfunctional as their patients, Sarah’s surrounded by an eclectic band of workmates. There’s gender-fluid receptionist Karl/Karen who’s stuck somewhere between sharing his/her girlfriend’s clothes and persuading her to wear a strap-on; Boss and matriarch Barb, who’s TMI Radar is apparently broken and has unfortunately discovered sexting; and shy nurse Jackie, who has multiple profiles on Asian dating sites, but is terrified of actual physical contact.
This motley crew of misfits may still be working out how the hell life, sex and relationships really work, but at least they all have each other. As their favourite toast goes, ‘here’s to being f*cked up!’.
Madeleine has been writing, directing and producing film/TV content for many years, for various online platforms. Recent work includes short film 'Casa Del Crip,' a collab with the late comedian Stella Young, that was nominated for the AACTA Social Shorts comedy competition, 'Love Sick' that was a Tropfest finalist for the 'Save The Script' competition and 'Neighbourhood Wars' that won best short film at Capricorn Film Festival and screened at Cannes Short Film Corner, among other festivals. She wrote and directed 'Sexy Herpes', a 6x10 min web series that has been acquired by Channel Nine, Virgin and streaming platform Revry, and it's had a solid festival run screening in many different countries. On the horizon is her new online series 'Blood Sisters,' set up in FNQ, that is currently in development and supported by Screen Aus/Screen QLD. Her production company, Mad Dan Productions has raised $100K in private funding for her feature film, Once We Were Here, that is also in development. Madeleine has just completed a four month director attachment with Rachel Griffiths on her film, 'Ride Like a Girl'.
Madeleine attained her Associate Diploma in Speech and Drama teaching with Trinity College, London. As a graduate of a Theatre and Film Arts Degree from University Of South Queensland in 2008, Mads has appeared in many commercials, TV shows and films over the years, recently being Romper Stomper, The InBESTigators, Offspring, It's A Date and hit comedy web series, Bruce. In 2010, Madeleine attended the International Film School Sydney and then joined Dan at AFTRS in 2011, working under mentor Peter Herbert in screenwriting and producing. Since then, Mads attained her cert 4 in Small Business Management with RMIT and she started the grass roots production company, Mad Dan Productions. Mads and her ‘We are Vinomofo’ online ad for wine giant, Vinomofo, has also gone viral. Her film for the Stroke Recovery Trial Fund has also proven very successful. She has just finished directing a social media campaign for Quality Lifestyle Support in Toowoomba.
Daniel Mulvihill has been writing, directing and producing film, TV and web content for the last eight years. In his early adult years, he partially completed Gender Studies, Sociology and Political Science at QUT. As a graduate of a Theatre and Film Arts Degree from University Of South Queensland in 2008, Dan has appeared in many theatre shows, commercials, TV shows and films over the years, notably as ‘Dodgy Bob’ on Home and Away. In 2015, ‘Departure Lounge,’ a short film set in Townsville that he starred in, won best comedy in the AACTA/AFI Social Shorts competition. In 2011, Dan studied at AFTRS, working under mentor Peter Herbert in screenwriting and producing. Since then, Dan attained his cert 4 in Small Business Management with RMIT and he started the grass roots production company, Mad Dan Productions, that often specialises in showreels for actors and many different social media campaigns for businesses. Dan and his ‘We are Vinomofo’ online ad for wine giant, Vinomofo, has also gone viral over the last year. His film for the Stroke Recovery Trial Fund has also proven very successful. He has just finished producing a social media campaign for Quality Lifestyle Support in Toowoomba. In between production, Dan often takes on additional copy-writing work.
Over the years, Dan has co-written, directed and produced many different narrative short films, notably ‘Cabbie Confessions’ with comedian Matt Okine. In 2015, 'Casa Del Crip,' a short film in collaboration with the late comedian and disability activist Stella Young, was a finalist in the AACTA Social Shorts competition. His short film, ‘Love Sick’ was also a finalist in the Tropfest/NPS competition last year. In 2016, his short film, Neighbourhood Wars, shot in Townsville, was a finalist in the Peninsula Short Film Fest. The film also screened in the Short Film Corner at Cannes and took our a competition category for Best Film in the Capricorn Film Festival at the end of last year, in which the prize includes shooting the promo reel for the 2017 marketing campaign. Dan is co-writing the feature film, Savage. It is scheduled to shoot in 2018. This will finish off a strong year for him, after producing the six part web series Sexy Herpes earlier this year that is due for release later this year. This online series received completion funding from Screen Australia.
Duy Huynh, is a leading expert in digital strategy, interactive learning and creative production. He is CEO and founder of Beyondedge (beyondedge.com), a production company providing strategic consulting, eLearning, interactive media and digital communication services to large corporate and Government clients.
In this role Duy leads teams of creatives through solving client’s business challenges, from solving process and learning issues, through to cultural and performance improvement. Having developed a solid skill base in film and television production, Duy has evolved Beyondedge’s service offerings to the digital world, allowing creative production to facilitate learning and business challenges for Beyondedge’s clients. Beyondedge specialises in producing highly engaging eLearning that blends interactive simulations, dramatisations, games and stunning 3D animations to make learning more compelling and effective.
As Executive Producer on Sexy Herpes, Duy brings business acumen, stakeholder engagement skills, sales and marketing skills as well as hands on production capability to the team.
After working with the Commissioning Editors (drama and doco) and the Head of Programming at Ch4 TV, as well as the Head of Development at FilmFour (Sexy Beast, Slumdog Millionaire) and Little Bird (In my Father’s Den) Charlie decided to pursue her love of story exclusively in Film and TV. She trained in script development with two of Europe’s most prestigious organisations, The Script Factory and ARISTA. She completed a Masters in film at UTS, Sydney (HD) for which she won the Outstanding Student Award and her graduating short film, which she wrote and directed, won the Kodak prize. The only graduate of The Script Factory to then be taken on by them as a teacher, she was also selected as a reader and assessor for Miramax and Working Title, as well as key funding agencies Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Screen NSW. She was also a sought-after script developer, and Script Produced two TV series in development, and script edited over 10 feature films.
Charlie then secured the position of Manager of Script Development at Film Victoria, running one of the most extensive feature and TV script funding programs in Australia. During her six years in this position she read, assessed and analysed over 900 feature film and TV projects, writing comprehensive script analysis/notes and taking over 500 script feedback meetings with writers and producers. She also devised and/or ran several Script Initiatives, such as STITCH (the FV/ABC TV comedy workshop) in which three of the six projects went on to be produced (Please Like Me, Twentysomething and Bruce); Catapult: The New Feature Writer’s Workshop (producing FF Snowtown, AFI, AWG winner), and the FV Script Lab (mentor with John Sayles, Jocelyn Moorehouse et al.)
After Film Vic, Charlie was selected for a Screen Australia work placement with the US production company Circle of Confusion (The Walking Dead, 21 Jump St) to hone her skills as a creative producer/script developer and to learn more about the US marketplace. She worked directly for the Heads of Development and Production, with responsibility for assessing TV and film project submissions, and for doing extensive development work on those selected, including running Writer’s Rooms for TV shows and giving notes on Features at various stages. She also became a lecturer and Tutor for the VCA MA in Screenwriting. Student projects she script edited have had a high success rate, with both FF and TV scripts long or short-listed for awards, such as: The prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship; Gateway LA(the Aus blacklist), Think Inside the Box TV, and John Hinde Sci-Fi.
Key Projects developed/funded include: Feature Films – The Dressmaker, Oddball, The Water Diviner, The Sapphires, Snowtown, 100 Bloody Acres, Patrick, Blessed, South Solitary and Death Defying Acts; and in TV: Bogan Pride (Rebel Wilson’s first TV series), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery, Lowdown (Adam Zwar) and Please Like Me (Josh Thomas) both of which have also been optioned for a US co- production or remake.