SBS Upfronts 2022 – SBS commissions bold new Australian drama anthology – <em>Erotic Stories</em>

SBS and Screen Australia are thrilled to announce the commission of a new eight-part Australian drama anthology for 2023 – Erotic Stories.

Erotic Stories is a series of standalone contemporary tales about lust, desire, and longing, but with an SBS twist. Each story explores desire from a different character perspective and spotlights diverse experiences of sex and intimacy across age, sexuality, race, gender and disability.

From multi award-winning Lingo Pictures (Upright, The Secret She Keeps), produced by Helen Bowden and Liam Heyen, and executive produced by Jason Stephens, the 8 x 30 minute series will depict a refreshingly honest view of sexuality, deconstructing the splendour, complexity and chaos of lust.

Written by Niki Aken, Tamara Asmar, Alistair Baldwin, Christine Bartlett, Glace Chase, Marieke Hardy, Sara Khan and Sarah Walker, these are moving stories that say something real and relatable about modernity, connection, sex, love and desire.

SBS Head of Scripted Julie Eckersley, said: “Erotic Stories is an exciting and bold way to explore stories that give us new perspectives. It delivers on our vision at SBS to take big creative risks, experimenting with format and genre and to make dramas not seen anywhere else on Australian TV. Each of these beautiful and erotic stories is told from a point of view we have not seen strongly represented on mainstream television to date. It is sure to raise some eyebrows and heart rates and get Australians talking… in hushed whispers.”

Screen Australia’s Head of Content Grainne Brunsdon, said: “We’re pleased to support this original series from an exciting group of writers working together with the highly experienced Lingo Pictures. These frank and uplifting stories will explore our human need for emotional and physical connection and spotlight authentic experiences that aren’t often seen on our screens, and I can’t wait to see it engage viewers on SBS next year.”

Lingo Pictures’ Managing Director, Helen Bowden said, “Making these potent stories, with such a splendid group of creatives is a wonderful opportunity and Lingo can’t wait to get started. Thank you SBS!”

Erotic Stories is a Lingo Pictures production for SBS with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with SBS. ITV are managing international sales.

Erotic Stories will air on SBS in 2023.

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