THE brand new web series Quite Frankly is a coming-of-age gay story unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and might just be the world’s first gay stoner comedy.
Centred around the life of Frank Hankins, an early twenty-something millennial who moves to Sydney and starts coming to terms with his sexuality, Quite Frankly is based on the on the real-life experience of the show’s creator Louis Moore, who also plays the lead character.
“I grew up in a smaller town outside of Auckland and I wasn’t surrounded by many gay people like in a city. As soon as I saw the LGBTI community, it was big and magical for me but I was very removed from it.
“When I accepted it and told people, nothing changed, they didn’t blink an eye.
“I came to the conclusion the LGBTI and homosexual community was painted a specific way, it made me feel confused and I felt excluded. The minute you were gay you were put in territory of larger-than-life person, having a fabulous personality.”
Moore, 25, knew he wanted to be a filmmaker from the moment he could talk and often wondered why there couldn’t be a ‘guy next door character’ portrayed on TV and in film who also happened to gay.
“My favourite film was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and for me growing up I wondered if we will ever to get to see a character like that who just happens to be gay. It would’ve made me feel better, I missed out on that,” he said.
“With the series this is my brand of entertainment and my brand of humour and story telling.”
Quite Frankly was shot on a shoestring budget over five weekends in Sydney and the hype is building for the web series after the team released the highly-viewed teaser skit ‘BoYom Pingers’, which spins off the characters into a hilarious situation involving ‘shelving’ pills in a condom in order to get them into a festival.
“I’m a little bit nervous as its my first outing as a filmmaker,” Moore said.
“When you’re creative, you’re leaving yourself in a vulnerable position when people are seeing your work. I’m not worried for people seeing me for who I am, I don’t have any qualms about that, it’s more the anxiety of being a filmmaker and have my work seen.
“It’s been a long time in the making. I’m so happy and so proud of the team I worked with.”
The full five episode season will be released weekly starting from Monday April 25. You can view the trailer below: