Back to Back extends its reach from stage to screen

The Geelong-based theatre company’s latest work is a 30-minute film, developed in collaboration with Matchbox Pictures and envisaged as a TV pilot.

Back to Back ensemble members Simon Laherty and Sonia Teuben star in Oddlands. Photo credit: Jeff Busby.

Adelaide Film Festival’s Hive Fund, which has already supported the likes of Windmill Theatre’s Girl Asleep and Bangarra’s Spear, has supported Back to Back Theatre’s first screen experiment.

Oddlands, produced by Back to Back in collaboration with Matchbox Pictures, has its world premiere at this week’s Adelaide Film Festival. It will screen on the ABC early next year and is envisaged as a 30-minute pilot for a new television series.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts