- These pics are memories of the shoot. I don’t record things or keep a personal diary. I never have. Recently a mate gave me a diary for Christmas, what should I write I thought? Inside was a post-it note that said ‘Let 2017 inspire you’. I stuck it up in my bedroom. That post-it note was the best present I got last year because the message inspires me to do better, to change and grow.
- What I’ve got to say about love and relationships is etched into my work. You want to know more about me then watch something I’ve directed or read a piece I’ve written’ – Next 2 director Noel Anderson
- Tell me when it kicks in – ‘I see a director’s role as the bloke that puts a spin on things and strengthens the project. He’s a cross between a therapist and and magician. NEXT 2 was a perfect vehicle for me and producer/actor Rob Lobosco to work on together. I know you’ll love it’ – hugs Noel x
- Rob called me and asked me to make NEXT 2 sexier than the first season. I remember laughing because I had exactly the same idea for it. More sex, comedy and more personal drama. This picture is of Lee McClenaghan who plays Penny and some of the crew at Kindred Studios. We are preparing to shoot one of many white scenes in the series.
- ‘Everyone loves a good bloody Aussie wedding, it’s like a BBQ. Think of Charlene and Scott’s wedding on Neighbours, over 20 million viewers tuned in to watch it. Well, I was channelling my very best Charlene the day I directed the wedding scenes. Enjoy all the white’ – Director Noel Anderson
- 64,000 downloads internationally including China, Canada, UK and America and premiering on FOXTEL on 27/28th March… season 1 of NEXT the dating series is on the way up…Picture features Rob Lobosco as Tobias, director Noel Anderson and actress Stephanie Schrieber as Sergeant Goldie.
Kirsty Snowden plays lovable American cafe owner Britney in the series. Britney is a hard boiled self made woman who has perfected the art of sexting and men. She uses her age and experience with poise and determination to get exactly what she wants. ‘There’s a lot of woman like Britney out there’ director Anderson added. ‘Self contained woman with a strong sense of self respect but no husband. Online dating fills a void and gives them an occasional thrill.’
- ‘One of the joys working on the second series was directing Graham Murray and Dayle Walker who play the much older, unhappy couple. Today we are bombarded by images of young people in love, both on film, TV and also in social media. It’s as if love doesn’t exist for older folk, as if older people don’t crave intimacy like the young do. What I tried to do with the older couple was address this imbalance, telling their story through the eyes of the younger, Tobias and Penny. I wanted to remind viewers that we all crave intimacy, respect and love, no matter what age. In fact I think we crave it more the older we get’ – Noel Anderson 20/3/2017
- Everyone has their safe place. A place away from cameras and iPhones. A place where you can be yourself. Can we share our safe place with friends and partners or is it exclusively ours? What happens if someone we know finds our safe place? It’s one of the questions I asked while directing Next 2. Watch the series to find the answer.
I’m at the Railway Hotel on Chapel writing this blog during their weekly Sunday event SHAG. I’m alone, the DJ is playing dance music, some old, some new tunes. I think about my own search for intimacy to the beat of music. I drink down my beer, low carbs. Then I think about Australian comedy and Next 2 – the dating series. Australian comedy is the hardest thing in the world to direct, because usually at it’s heart are serious life issues, just look at Muriel’s Wedding. Keep an eye out for NEXT 2 when it launches later in the year. In the meantime season 1 premieres on FOXTEL on the 27/28th March. Happy dating everyone. And Happy endings too xx
Noel Anderson’s 15 Mins Of Fame Showreel
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Noel Anderson recently directed the six part TV series NEXT…about the perils of online dating which premieres on Foxtel and We Are TV in 2017. Currently, it has had 64,000 views internationally. Noel completed NIDA’s Playwright Studio 1996, his written work includes: Hello Little Man (Melbourne Writer’s Social Anthology 2016), Kylie Kastle Throws A Party (performed in schools across Australia), Germ Warfare (Bondi Pavillion), Pulling Out (Best Writing Winner Midsumma Festival at Gasworks), Sammy and Dave (Stables Theatre), The Carer (Belvoir St Theatre), Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes Of Fame (La Mama & the Jewish Museum of Australia with Warhol’s Geniuses Exhibition), Love Letters (Melbourne Arts Centre) and the new Australian musical Audrey Hepburn And I Consider Our Assets which premiered at the Melba Spiegeltent on 29th October 2015. Noel is currently working on his first feature film adaption of Sammy and Dave (Like Us on FB @sammyluvdave) and a music video for Audrey and I called ‘Travellers in Time’. You can follow Noel on Twitter: @Randyandy42 or https://www.facebook.com/noel.anderson42 Noel has directed over 50 theatrical productions, and is also looking for new Melbourne writers to be part of LOVE KILLS 2017 at the Melbourne Fringe, an evening of twisted stories about falling in and out of love. Noel’s plans to film several pieces from Love Kills 2017 as a web series.