The brainchild of award winning AFTRS graduate Julie Kalceff, Starting From Now (SFN) explores the lives of four inner-Sydney lesbians as they struggle to work out who they are, find a place where they belong, and maybe even find someone to love along the way.
After building an international viral following across the first three seasons and reaching 20 million views in less than two years, producers Rosie Lourde and Julie Kalceff secured significant funding from Screen Australia and Screen NSW to create Seasons 4 and 5.
On the back of the success of the first three seasons, Seasons 4 and 5 were acquired for broadcast television and screened on SBS2 in March, 2016. This followed the World Premiere of Season 4 as part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival on 1 March, the first ever online content to screen at the festival.
JULIE KALCEFF (writer/director/producer)
Julie Kalceff is a writer, director and producer who has worked in film and television for over 15 years. Julie is the creator, writer, director and producer of the international hit multiplatform drama Starting From Now, which has amassed over 30 million views. After securing screen agency funding for Seasons 4 and 5 both seasons were acquired for broadcast television in Australia on SBS2. Starting From Now has screened in festivals around the world, winning the Audience Award at the Mardi Gras Film Festival, 2016; Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series and Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series at LA WebFest, 2016; and Best Web Series at She Webfest, 2015.
A graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School with a Masters Degree in Scriptwriting, Julie’s award-winning short films have screened in numerous festivals around the world. Her short, ex, was an official selection at over 20 film festivals, winning awards such as the Panavision Award, My Queer Career: Mardi Gras Film Festival, and Best Gal’s Short, Phoenix International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. She was a writer/director on the 2011 web series The Newtown Girls, which was viewed in over 190 countries.
Julie is the founder and director of the Sydney-based production company Common Language Films (CLF). CLF focuses on developing and producing high quality stories for the screen, utilizing humour to tell dramatic, character-driven, female-centric stories that appeal to a wide audience.
ROSIE LOURDE (ACTOR/PRODUCER)
Rosie is an actor and a producer and is a recipient of the Screen NSW Emerging Producer Placement as well as the SPAA Ones to Watch, 2015. She is a producer and lead actor on the international hit online-drama STARTING FROM NOW which amassed over 30 million views since March 2014. SFN won Best Webseries at She Webfest 2014 and received federal and state screen agency funding to create the Series 4 and 5.
Rosie’s producing debut feature film, SKIN DEEP, was awarded Best Indie Film 2015 by AfterEllen, received an Honourable Mention for Best Narrative Feature at the Austin Film Festival and was nominated for an AWGIE for Best Original Screenplay 2015. As an actor Rosie can be seen in many projects including Stu Willis’ upcoming sci-fi series RESTORATION, Joel Edgerton’s FELONY, Stephen Sewell’s EMBEDDED, and hotly anticipated sci-fi TV series CLEVERMAN.