If you’re partial to getting shitfaced on a semi-regular basis, or simply looking for a reason to put off something important, then maybe it’s time to crack a tinny and burn through 12 episodes of stupidly-bingeable web comedy.
Fragments of Friday follows a group of 20-somethings as they spend their weekends trying to figure out what the hell happened the night before. As much as that sounds like the premise of a bro-comedy from 2008 produced by Judd Apatow, the show couldn’t be anything like it. For one, there’s less dudes and it makes the show infinitely more interesting. Having said that, the show’s characters are just as self-centred and immature as your typical bro-comedy, but there’s a refreshing absence of shlong-gags and bong hits. The show’s quirky leads, Alex (Kacie Anning) and Sophie (Sarah Armanious) are a fucking mess, and seeing them recover from getting rekt every week is a welcome change from the typical man-boob archetype that audiences have been bludgeoned over the head with.
According to writer, director and star Kacie Anning, the show has been a long time in development and its crowdfunded first season was extremely low budget. “We raised about $6.5K, covering location costs, production design and catering. It was very much a love job for our very small crew.”
After a period of pitching the idea as a TV series, Anning returned to the web format, and the show was lucky enough to receive multiplatform funding from Screen Australia. The funding bump had a huge impact, allowing the show to expand its production value considerably into it’s second season. “We were able to get out of the apartment and into the real world much more, give the world more scope, and lengthen the episodes. We tried very hard to put all the money on screen, and we feel very proud that it looks like a mini TV show.”
More money doesn’t always mean a better show, but with tighter writing and cleaner production, Fragments of Friday clearly hits its stride in it’s second season—a testament to Screen Australia’s efforts to foster online narrative content.
And with a number of comedies in development and a gig directing shows on ABC3, it’s no surprise that Anning is bullish about the strength of local web scene.
“(It’s) outputting crazily good stuff. We’re part of a generation of filmmakers that are figuring out the form at the same time, and then translating those series into a real career pathway”.
According to Anning, a third season is “maaaaaaybe” in the works, so be sure to subscribe to her Youtube channel below.