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New South Australian made ABC Kids show Beep and Mort charms audiences at preview screening

06 October 2022
Burnside Primary School Children are treated to preview screening, Beep and Mort voice actors Zoe Coelho, Gus Wesson, Sid Ion & Savannah Gunn.

Students from Burnside Primary School were among VIP guests treated to a preview screening of Windmill Pictures’ new South Australian made ABC Kids series Beep and Mort at the SAFC’s Adelaide Studios last week.

 Based on Windmill Theatre Company’s award-winning theatre show, and made in Adelaide with a majority South Australian crew, the exciting new puppet-based television series follows the action-packed adventures of best friends Beep the robot and cuddly creature Mort, and is set to premiere on Monday, October 10 at 8.10am on ABC Kids and ABC iview.

The SAFC was delighted to present an advance preview of Beep and Mort to special guests including The Hon Blair Boyer MP Minister for Education, The Hon Reggie Martin MLC, State Member of the Legislative Council, The Hon John Gardner MP, Shadow Minister for Arts and Festivals, Mayor of Burnside Anne Monceaux, SAFC Board Chair Julie Cooper, SAFC Board member Austin Taylor, ABC Acting Director, Entertainment and Specialist Jennifer Collins, ABC’s Head of ABC Children’s Entertainment and Specialist Libbie Doherty, Executive Producer of Scripted and Factual content in the ABC Children’s Content commissioning team Margaret Ross, Windmill Pictures and series directors/producers Rosemary Myers and Kaye Weeks, Windmill Theatre Board Chair Richard Harris and Board Members Chris Stewart, Ruth Ambler and Sophie Doyle as well as many key creatives from the production, with Uncle Michael O’Brien providing a rousing Welcome to Country.

Also in attendance were Year 1 students and teachers from Burnside Primary School, who were treated to a special pre-screening show by Windmill puppeteers Rachel Burke and Antoine Jelk, the talent behind the series’ titular characters, as well as goodie bags with special Beep and Mort themed gifts.

The children loved the show, writing afterwards that they loved the “cute and cuddly” and “funny” characters of Beep and Mort, Pop and the Fuzzles.

Developed and financed with the assistance of the South Australian Government through the SAFC, Beep and Mort was created, produced and post-produced entirely in South Australia by Windmill Pictures, with a majority South Australian cast and crew.

The first studio program for children made in South Australia for over a decade, the series represents a pivotal moment for locally made children’s content, and is an example of the world class screen intellectual property coming out of the state.

Beep and Mort reflects the very best of what the SAFC is all about; enabling South Australian writers, directors and producers to create and commercialise original IP, supporting South Australian production companies to scale and growing our state’s capability through consistency of high-quality production activity. The SAFC helps build career pathways through skills development and champions South Australia by helping to export South Australian stories to the world.

See the photos below. Photos by Aise Dillon

Beep and Mort premieres Monday, 10 October at 8.10am on ABC Kids and ABC iview, with new episodes to air weekdays thereafter.

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