So, what is Runaway Moon all about?
Runaway Moon is an online mini-series shot entirely on location in Adelaide, South Australia. It will be released free to view via Youtube on August 14, 2017.
"A deserted intersection. Underneath the watchful neon glow of a Hungry Jack's sign is where we begin our story of runaway survival"
Late one night, Hanna scratched this line into her notebook. A year later we were standing in the very spot she wrote about, shooting footage for the teaser trailer for Runaway Moon, a web-series set over one turbulent night.
Three young misfits collide under a full moon on a night that will change them all forever. Our heroes find themselves in trouble over a wad of stolen cash. Add into the mix a vengeful gang of private-school thugs, and Moonie, Kitty and Travis are forced to flee together, collecting more and more enemies along the way.
Each of them wants to leave their current lives behind but none of them can navigate the imminent threats alone. It's a race against the clock as they must learn to work together to get out of town before the sun rises and there's no more shadows to hide in.
If they can find a way to work together as a trio they might just make it through tonight alive.
Moonie, a strange yet gentle girl who lives on the streets:
Kitty, an aggressive extrovert running away from her potential:
Travis, a poetic young man born into wealth and privilege struggling to stand tall after being ostracised:
Runaway Moon is designed as a 5 part, online mini-series with each episode rising to a cliffhanger full of suspense that tells an over-all series-arc about friendship and resilience. It is created by and stars SBIT acting graduate and The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute NY student Hanna Gabriella and written for the screen and directed by award-winning AFTRS graduate, Aaron Schuppan.
We call it dirty beautiful. It's like a dream from the gutter. Colourful visuals and hazy, bleeding lights contrast with intentionally rough, handheld camerawork to portray the world through Moonie's eyes. She's found herself a citizen of the alleyways... but she has the admirable quality of seeing the serene beauty in everything. She's forced the world she lives in to be beautiful. It's how she copes. She doesn't stare up at the stars. She commands them to come to her.
Moonie is living on the streets, friendless, when she collides with Kitty – a failed artist with a box full of stolen cash – and joined by busker with a secret, Travis.
Our characters, down and out as they may be, ask no pity of us. By the stories end we will aspire to their qualities.
It draws a lot from our lead actor/creator's real life as a runaway and reflects the full-experience of the craziest of such times. It's high energy and funny and all about under dogs and outcasts vs the system working together to better their situation. It's a wild, violent, punk-rock ride through the night that finds the beauty in the gutters and alleyways.
All wanting to leave their current lives behind but none of them can navigate the imminent threats alone. So they reluctantly band together when their individual enemies become common one. If they can find a way to work together as a trio they might just make it through tonight alive.
Hanna Gabriella is series creator and plays the eponymous role of Moonie.
Dee Easton plays human-hurricane Kitty.
Rashidi Edward plays reluctant hero Travis.
Matt Crook plays the tragic villain Alexander.
Cierra Loren plays nightclub Queen Lupita.
Hartley Jackson plays gentle (as long as he likes you) giant, Connor.
Creator/Lead Actor Hanna Gabriella.
Aaron Schuppan is Runaway Moon's screen-writer/producer/director. He can be seen here either framing up a shot or attempting to hide from the still photographer.
Aaron has called himself a film-maker since he was 8 years old although he didn't purchase his first video camera until age 16 with money he earned picking fruit on farms in the South Australian riverland. He has spent every ensuing year since, relentlessly building his skills in all areas of cinema - often at the expense of relationships, sleep and respectable haircuts.
Liam Somerville, Director of Photography
Amanda Grace Nash, make-up designer. We'll let her work speak for itself.
Matea Gluscevic, costume designer. Designer, shoe-maker, competitive body-builder, underground nightclub empresario, retailer and general human abstraction she is the first and only choice to bring the fiercely individual characters of Runaway Moon to life.
Mike Sievers, props and design. If you need something found, made or ground into a different shape Mike is your guy.
Ronnie Chin, second camera. A fine shooter and all-rounder film-maker in his own right. Check his work out below.
Daniel Purvis is our titles designer/stills photographer. His taste for ultra-vibrant and saturated images makes him our go-to guy.
Tommaso Pascale is the merch man. Hip-hop lover, Wrestling expert and Owner/Operator of RTD Clothing Tom hand-prints all his product himself.
Follow the Runaway Moon team as they con their way onto the radio and into newspapers and magazines.
From the get-go we wanted Runaway Moon to have the kind of soundtrack you want to go out and buy right away and trash on the tape-deck in your car. Now, as much as we sometimes want it to be 1995 that just ain't the case so take a trawl thru the youtube links of some of Australia's finest artists you will be featured on the Runaway Moon soundtrack.
Every great show needs great merch. Holler at the button below to get your hands on a limited Runaway Moon T-Shirt.
Ange is a fan.
Kerry can't rock out without his RM cut-off.