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Entertainment Tim Minchin in new comedy-drama Upright

02:40  03 december  2019
02:40  03 december  2019 Source:   nowtolove.com.au

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Tim Minchin is to take the lead role in Upright , a comedy drama for Sky and Australia's Foxtel, about two misfits on a road trip with a battered old upright piano. Tim Minchin will star as a misfit on a road trip across Australia with an old piano. A loser with an astonishing musical gift, he picks up a

Tim Minchin et al. walking down the street: Californication star Tim Minchin tells TV WEEK more about the making of Upright, his ever-evolving career, and finding peace.© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Californication star Tim Minchin tells TV WEEK more about the making of Upright, his ever-evolving career, and finding peace.

Picture a piano in the outback. Then picture a guy trying to take that piano from Sydney to Perth. That's the striking vision comedian Chris Taylor shared with actor and writer, Tim Minchin when they first discussed the comedy-drama Upright.

"It was an immediately attractive idea," Tim, 44, says. "I went, 'That's obviously a really good, clear image. You can see the poster. That's always helpful.'"

But Perth-raised Tim, who found success overseas on stage and won a Tony Award for the music in Matilda The Musical, had come back home to tell Australian stories.

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Australian comedian and performer Tim Minchin , who is set to star as Friar Tuck in Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment’s Robin Hood: Origins, is fronting a piano-moving road-trip comedy drama for the UK’s Sky and Australia’s Foxtel. Minchin stars in Upright , an eight-part series about two misfits, thrown

Timothy David Minchin [3] (born 7 October 1975) is an Australian comedian , actor, writer Minchin is best known for his musical comedy , including six CDs, five DVDs, and live comedy shows that he has performed internationally. Minchin also plays the role of Tom in the contemporary family drama Two Fists, One Heart ^ " Tim Minchin to star in new series Upright | Media centre". Screen Australia.

Needing more than just images, he started asking questions. What does the piano represent? Why has his protagonist, the down-on-life musician Lucky Flynn, been exiled by his family?

Once the wheels started turning, a road-trip series rolled out with the piano being a burden to Lucky, his literal cross to bear.

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Foxtel has announced a new 8 part drama series Upright to star Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock as two misfits dragging a battered piano from Sydney to Lucky Flynn ( Minchin ) hasn’t spoken to his family in years. He’s broke, distant and damaged. He’s also a gifted pianist, whose talent for music is matched

Australian comedian and performer Tim Minchin , who is set to star as Friar Tuck in Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment’s Robin Hood: Origins, is fronting a piano-moving road-trip comedy drama for the UK’s Sky and Australia’s Foxtel. Minchin stars in Upright , an eight-part series about two misfits, thrown

Then, through his personal journey and his outward one with unlikely teen companion Meg, "It's no longer just a cross," Tim explains. "The piano is his heart. It's actually his soul."

a man wearing a hat: Minchin posted a photo whilst filming in Goulburn earlier this year.© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Minchin posted a photo whilst filming in Goulburn earlier this year.

Moved and energised, Tim poured his own heart and soul into the production.

"Actually," he says with a smile, "every time I look at it, I really like this show. It's the first thing I've been involved in where I can watch it and go, 'Yup.'"

Tim tells TV WEEK more about the making of Upright, his ever-evolving career, and finding peace.

TV WEEK: Lucky isn't on this cross-country trip by himself. Fate crashes into him in the form of Milly Alcock's Meg.

Tim: Lucky becomes a reluctant father figure – or uncle figure – and she a sort of daughter figure. Because if it's a show about self-forgiveness, it's really about closure or contextualising your mistakes.

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Tim : “Making Upright was a complete joy and a massive privilege. After living overseas for more than a decade, I couldn’t have hoped to come home to a more fun and inspiring project: an original Tim joined Lorraine yesterday morning to talk about his brand new comedy drama UPRIGHT and more.

“ Upright is a project that will also appeal in Australia and to the international market, with the hugely talented Tim Minchin on board to produce and star in Morwenna Gordon, Commissioning Editor Sky Comedy , said: “Sky Comedy is always striving to work with the best talent and on the most surprising

Tim Minchin standing on the side of a road: Not just the car guy in Squinters anymore, Minchin takes the lead in Upright.© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Not just the car guy in Squinters anymore, Minchin takes the lead in Upright.

Was Milly much of a potty-mouth beforehand or had she acquired all that in the course of working with you?

[Laughs] She's a Newtown girl – I don't think anything shocks her! We looked after her. I sort of don't want the audience to know how old she is, because I want them to just see the character, but she's so good.

This role for you is so different from your past work. Was that a conscious choice? Although, you are sitting in a car for a lot of it, like in Squinters.

When they asked me to do Squinters season two, I said, "I just don't think I can. I'll just be the car guy!" But I've consciously done a self-imposed apprenticeship since things started going well. And I realised people were no longer totally uninterested in me.

I did Rosencrantz [And Guildenstern Are Dead]. And I did Jesus Christ Superstar and then I did Secret River, No Activity and Squinters – and Californication was a huge step, a bit of a leap.

Tim Minchin et al. sitting around a dog: Tim starred as rock star Atticus Fetch in US drama Californication.© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Tim starred as rock star Atticus Fetch in US drama Californication.

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Is it different being the lead now?

This has been huge for me because I like acting, and I've always gone, "Can I be an actor as well?" Obviously, I don't look like the Hemsworths, and I wonder what my place is.

What is your place?

I'm sort of in this neverland. Actually, part of my motive for being so involved in Upright, and why I was so motivated to work with such amazing writers, is I thought, "I want to try to prove to myself and the industry that I can carry a show properly, because then I might get cast." But now I've done it, I don't care if I get cast, because I kind of love this!

a person standing in front of a car: Milly Alcock is Tim's co-star in Upright.© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Milly Alcock is Tim's co-star in Upright.

Have you found a creative rejuvenation in moving back from the US?

Upright has been the best thing ever for me, having something to put everything into and to care about. It's losing a couple of projects, coming home for the first time in 12 years, turning 40 about four years ago, your kids becoming teenagers. I'm a lot happier than I was two years ago.

How so?

I've always had a relationship with happiness, which has been like, "Tim, if you don't do these things…"

Not that I've ever had mental-health issues, but I've always been hyper-aware that if I stop exercising, or take drugs or all those things...I don't take my mental health for granted. I feel like being OK is an active process more than ever before.'

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This performance of Tim Minchin took place at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Quebec, in 2011. Just For Laughs is the world's premiere destination for stand- up comedy . Founded in 1983, JFL produces the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event every July in Montreal, as well

Tim Minchin is a comedian , actor, composer, songwriter, pianist and director. Tim : “From the moment I heard about the idea for UPRIGHT , I knew it was the show I’d been waiting to make. I like stories that make me laugh and think and cry, I adore the landscapes of outback Australia, and I love

Tim Minchin et al. posing for the camera: Minchin promotes global release dates, premiering in Australia December 1.© Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Minchin promotes global release dates, premiering in Australia December 1.

What do you do to cope?

I've never been to therapy or done meditation or anything, but I'm starting to think about that sort of thing. Like, I'm having to go, "How do I allow myself to enjoy the day? With all my f*ing privilege, how do I let go of the anxiety of the world and my survivor guilt?"

The trouble with privilege is, if you're wired like I am, you feel bad for it all the time! Not that I'm complaining. I think I've talked about this with my friends.

I think it's about turning 40. It's a bit about the world, but you got to find your moments of peace. And that's what Upright is about.

Upright premieres Sunday 1 December, 8.30pm on FOX Showcase.

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