Eight-part comedy drama Upright stars Tim Minchin and Milly Alcock as two misfits thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, as they bond on a quest to transport a precious piano from one side of the country to the other.
Lucky Flynn (Minchin) hasn’t spoken to his family in years. The gifted pianist’s talent for music is matched only by his talent for self-destruction. When he learns his mother has just days left to live, he sets off in a hire car to drive the 4,000km from Sydney to Perth to say goodbye, taking with him his only cherished possession in the world: a battered and scarred upright piano.
This seemingly straightforward drive across the outback soon becomes a test of Lucky’s emotional fitness when he literally runs into Meg (Alcock), a funny, tough-as-nails teenager who has plenty of scars and secrets of her own.
In this DQTV interview, acclaimed musician, actor, comedian and writer Minchin recalls how he joined the project and developed the idea with co-writers Chris Taylor, Kate Mulvany and Leon Ford.
The Australian talks about the themes that drew him to the story, as well as his own circumstances that led him to explore this story of homecoming, and offers his views on how music is used in film and television.
Upright is produced by Lingo Pictures for Sky Atlantic and Now TV in the UK and Foxtel in Australia, and distributed by Entertainment One.