Aftertaste

Aftertaste

ABC, Screen Australia and the South Australian Film Corporation are delighted to announce that pre-production has resumed on ABC’s newest comedy series - Aftertaste (working title).

Erik Thomson ( Packed to the Rafters, The Luminaries ), stars as Easton West, an internationally renowned yet volatile celebrity chef whose spectacular fall from grace sees him return to his home town in the Adelaide Hills, where he endeavours to rebuild his career and restore his reputation, with the help of his talented, young, pastry-chef niece.

After their unplanned Covid hiatus, the team at Closer Productions ( The Hunting, In My Blood it Runs ) are excited to be back to work. Closer Productions producer Rebecca Summerton says “It’s great to be back in production. I am delighted to be working with the Aftertaste (w/t) team and our production partners to bring this exciting new comedy to audiences.”

ABC Head of Scripted Production Sally Riley says “We’re thrilled to welcome Erik back to the ABC, in a role created for him by Julie de Fina and one that is very different to his usual characters. I can’t wait for the talented team at Closer Productions to bring this irreverent and laugh-out-loud series to the screen”

Head of Content at Screen Australia, Sally Caplan says “Closer Productions have an impressive track record of creating compelling and edgy comedy-dramas and we are delighted this series is back in pre-production and can’t wait for the ABC serve up this high cuisine drama.”

Aftertaste (w/t) , will film in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills in the coming months and premiere next year on ABC.

Production Credits: Aftertaste is a Closer production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation. Financed with support from the ABC. Producers Rebecca Summerton, Matthew Bate and Erik Thomson. Executive Producer Julie De Fina. Creators Julie De Fina and Matthew Bate. Writers Julie De Fina, Matthew Bate and Matt Vesely. ABC Executive Producer Rebecca Anderson.

Aftertaste sounds a bit like 800 Words. After a tragedy Erik Thomson moves to a new town, though this time with a niece rather than a son and daughter.

Aftertaste is a good title for the storyline.

When originally announced, the title was the uninspiring Yes, Chef!

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That would have left a terrible taste in your mouth. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Exciting cast on the menu of ABC comedy series Aftertaste

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After COVID-19 delays, the ABC is thrilled to announce that filming is underway in South Australia on Aftertaste , the six-part comedy series starring Erik Thomson. Joining Erik in this story of family, food and fame is an exciting line-up of celebrated and emerging Australian talent.

Rachel Griffiths ( Total Control, The Wilds ), Wayne Blair ( Mystery Road, Top End Wedding ), Susan Prior ( Glitch, Frayed ), Peter Carroll ( The Power of the Dog, Crazy Rich Asians ) and Remy Hii ( Harrow, Spider-Man: Far From Home ) will star alongside Natalie Abbott ( Muriel’s Wedding The Musical ), Kavitha Anandasivam ( The Hunting ) and Justin Amankwah ( Fat Pizza vs Housos ) in the story of Easton West (Erik Thomson), an internationally-renowned yet volatile celebrity chef who has a spectacular fall from grace and returns to his hometown in the Adelaide Hills. West endeavours to rebuild his career and restore his reputation, with the help of his talented, young, pastry-chef niece Diana (Natalie Abbott).

Erik Thomson says, “I am thrilled to be finally donning the chef whites and working with such an exciting cast and crew. The Adelaide Hills is the perfect backdrop for our irreverent take on food culture, and the notion of the notorious celebrity chef.”

Created by Julie De Fina and Matthew Bate, directed by Jonathan Brough ( The End , Rosehaven, The Family Law ) and produced by Closer Productions ( The Hunting, F!#cking Adelaide, Animals* ), Aftertaste will film across Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills region and will premiere next year on ABC.

Production Credits: Aftertaste is a Closer production for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and financed with support from the ABC. Producers: Rebecca Summerton, Matthew Bate and Erik Thomson. Executive Producers: Julie De Fina and Rachel Griffiths. ABC Executive Producer: Rebecca Anderson. International Distributor ABC Commercial.

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SA back in production with Aftertaste

Filming has commenced today on ABC comedy Aftertaste, the first major production to shoot in South Australia since the global shutdown caused by COVID-19. Rachel Griffiths, Wayne Blair and Susan Prior join Erik Thomson in the six-part comedy series from Adelaide’s Closer Productions.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said 110 South Australian crew and cast commenced work today on the first production to get underway in the state since COVID.

“The rigorous work done by the South Australian Film Corporation to support Adelaide’s Closer Productions has resulted in screen production re-starting in the state. We welcome the news that 76 crew and 34 cast from South Australia are back working in our local screen industry,” Minister Pisoni said.

“The production will also employ almost 200 local extras,” he said.

“SA Health has also played a vital role in enabling production to restart safely, and we warmly thank the additional 10 interstate cast and crew for their cooperation and willingness to adhere to SA Health regulations and quarantine requirements.”

CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation Kate Croser said the SAFC-commissioned Deloitte Risk Assessment Tool was crucial to ensuring the production could meet its COVID-safe requirements.

“The Risk Assessment Tool has been instrumental in navigating the path back to production, and providing the framework and structure needed to get this production up and running within COVID-Safe guidelines,” Ms Croser said.

“We congratulate Closer Productions on this home-grown ABC primetime comedy commission, the first for a South Australian company, and their determination to get this great new series on screen. They are paving the way for other productions to start shooting in South Australia.

“It is also fantastic to partner again with the ABC to deliver high-quality television content following the success of flagship dramas Stateless and Operation Buffalo, and the recent ABC Children’s titles First Day and Are You Tougher Than Your Ancestors?.”

Producer Rebecca Summerton said “With the support of ABC, Screen Australia and SAFC, we are delighted to commence filming today. We have a terrific cast and crew and are looking forward to bringing this irreverent new comedy to audiences soon.”

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AFTERTASTE

Having burned all his bridges, volatile chef Easton West (Erik Thomson) finds himself with one more chance in a high-end Shanghai restaurant. But when opening night turns into a pig slinging disaster, the subsequent social media tsunami washes Easton ashore in the Adelaide Hills.

Arriving like a pariah to a dysfunctional family he abandoned 30 years previously, it’s only his outspoken 19-year-old pastry cook niece, Diana (Natalie Abbott), who shows any interest. Easton realises that Diana represents everything he’s not – young, female and fresh – and takes her under his wing in an effort to crawl his way back to relevance. But what price is Diana willing to pay to work with her notoriously difficult and belligerent uncle?

6 x 30 episodes

P R O D U C T I O N C R E D I T S

A Closer production for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and financed with support from the ABC. Producers: Rebecca Summerton, Matthew Bate and Erik Thomson. Executive Producers: Julie De Fina and Rachel Griffiths. ABC Executive Producer: Rebecca Anderson. International Distributor ABC Commercial.

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SERIES PREMIERE

6-part comedy-drama series starts Wednesday 3 February at 9pm

Starring Erik Thomson, Natalie Abbott and Rachel Griffiths, the six-part series.

Aftertaste, is a dark, edgy comedy-drama with some heart and soul…food.

Having burned all his bridges, volatile celebrity chef Easton West (Erik Thomson) finds himself with one more chance in a high-end Shanghai restaurant. But when opening night turns into a pig-slinging disaster, the subsequent social media tsunami washes Easton ashore in the Adelaide Hills.

Arriving like a pariah to a dysfunctional family he abandoned 30 years previously, it’s only his outspoken 19-year-old pastry cook niece, Diana (Natalie Abbott), who shows any interest. Easton realises that Diana represents everything he’s not- young, female and fresh- and takes her under his wing in an effort to crawl his way back to relevance.

Together, Easton and Diana set off on their quest to create Australia’s next great restaurant. But with no money, an anger management problem, and a volatile family literally built upon the skeletons of the past, Easton West is going to find his comeback a little more difficult than he thought. Things are bound for disaster - but at least it’ll be a tasty one.

Production credits: A Closer production for the ABC, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation and financed with support from the ABC. Producers: Rebecca Summerton, Matthew Bate and Erik Thomson. Executive Producers:Julie De Fina and Rachel Griffiths. ABC Executive Producer: Rebecca Anderson. International Distributor ABC Commercial.

Episode One:

Washed up celebrity chef Easton West winds up on the doorstep of his sister Denise’s house in the Adelaide Hills - the LAST place on earth he ever wanted to return to. But, after a meltdown at his fancy new Shanghai restaurant went viral and left hima flat broke pariah, there’s literally nowhere else to go other than his hometown.

Unfortunately, Denise has been carrying a 30-year chip on her shoulder after Easton abandoned her with their hoarder, drunk father Jim years ago, and throws him out of her house. Easton winds up having to stay with said hoarder, drunk father, whose hoarding and drinking has increased and then some.

There is some hope, however- andit lies in Easton’s 19-year-old fan-girl, baking wunderkind niece Diana. Like Easton, she takes inspiration from Easton’s dead mother June to conjure up her mind-blowing authentic cake sensations, and she has a hell of a lot of potential. Perhaps what she needs is some guidance…a mentor…someone to take her career to the next level. What she needs - is him. Or at least, that’s how he spins it.

The preview tape from ABC for Aftertaste is in anamorphic format aspect ratio.

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Are people going to want even wider screens in the future?

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ABC is thrilled to announce that the delicious six-part series Aftertaste premieres Wednesday February 3rd at 9pm on ABC and ABC iview. Aftertaste is a comedy-drama about food, family, second chances and secrets. It is guaranteed to whet your appetite, tickle your funny bone and touch your heart.

Erik Thomson and newcomer Natalie Abbott lead an impressive line-up of stars, including Rachel Griffiths, Wayne Blair, Susan Prior, Peter Carroll and Remy Hii.

Having burned all his bridges in restaurants across Europe, volatile celebrity chef Easton West (Erik Thomson) finds himself with one more chance in a high-end Shanghai restaurant. But when opening night turns into a pig-slinging disaster, the subsequent social media tsunami washes Easton ashore in the Adelaide Hills.

Arriving like a pariah to a dysfunctional family he abandoned 30 years previously, he finds his outspoken 19-year-old pastry cook niece, Diana (Natalie Abbott), is the only person who shows any interest in his return. Diana represents everything he’s not – young, female and with her finger on the pulse – so Easton takes her under his wing in an effort to crawl his way back to relevance.

Together, Easton and Diana set off on their quest to create Australia’s next great restaurant. But with no money, an anger management problem, and a volatile family literally built upon the skeletons of the past, Easton West is going to find his comeback a little more difficult than he thought.

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I’ve checked out the preview episodes of Aftertaste and it is absolutely brilliant. Prior to Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef and MKR some of the scenarios might have seemed OTT. However, given that background, the expletive laden dialogue from the celebrity chef played by Erik Thomson seems totally real. While this has plenty of drama from the dysfunctional cast it also features some of the funniest scenes for a modern Australian comedy. Foodies will enjoy it for the restaurant aspects and the Adelaide Hills backdrop is also a plus.

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Glad to hear it. Looking forward to it.

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ABC critics are hard to please. Some people just see what they want to!

Bizarre view.

I thought all the characters were really well created and can’t wait to see where they go from here. Particularly loved his niece and her grandfather bantering.

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