Last Gasp

Lou Sanz, John Kachoyan

Television
Comedy • Drama

When terminally ill Ellie Lopez falls for a suicidal man she's forced to rethink what dying with dignity means, which is hard when you have none.

Synopsis

Last Gasp is an awkward half-hour comedy with a distinctly dry, dark humour. Each episode we follow our show’s anti-hero, Ellie Lopez as she deals with the fall-out of her new diagnosis and the shifting maelstrom of emotions and bucket list drafts. This is a comedy for people who like …

About Lou Sanz

Lou Sanz is a multi-award winning writer for film, television, stage and print and a former multi-award winning comedy performer. She was most recently nominated in 2016 for two AWGIE awards for her unique Documentary work on Mental Health in Australia.

In February of 2017, Lou embarked on a 2-month Writers Placement, thanks to Film Victoria on ‘Offspring’.

Her work has been screened at Clermont-Ferrand, Tropfest, St Kilda Film Festival and seen on SBS (Life Support), Channel 7 and ABC.

Lou is currently developing a feature film with Aquarius Films and television projects with Eva Di Blasio at RKPix through the Gender Matters program and is a member of the Australian Writer’s Guild (AWG) Pathways Programme after her screenplay ‘Ronnie and the Girls’ was shortlisted for the Insite Best Unproduced Screenplay Contest 2015.

She gained her MA (Screenwriting) at just 21 from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) after winning the inaugural Sony Columbia Tristar Scholarship for Television Writers. She was also the recipient of the Gilbert & Tobin Award for Outstanding Body of Work and the NSW Film & Television Office Scriptwriting Award.

As a performer, she became one of the countries pre-imminent storytellers; receiving the Most Promising Debut Award for her show Dear Lou, as well as critical acclaim for Please Don’t Use My Flannel for That (Melbourne Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and USA tour). In 2012, her 5 star Sydney Comedy Festival show Neverending Storage won the Critics Choice Awards (Time Out Magazine) and subsequently toured North America. That same year Lou was also listed by The Sydney Morning Herald as one of the top 10 comedians to watch. She has since retired from performing to focus on screenwriting.

About John Kachoyan

John is a director, writer, dramaturg and script editor who works internationally in theatre, opera and screen. He is currently collaborating with his partner Lou Sanz on several projects including TV series ‘Last Gasp’ and feature film ‘Lands End’. John is also developing an adaptation of Joan London’s critically acclaimed novel, ‘Gilgamesh’ for stage and screen.

John holds an MA (Advanced Theatre Practice) from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (RCSSD) and originally trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) as a playwright. John was a member of the Australia Council’s 2015 Emerging Leaders Development Programme, the inaugural Melbourne Lincoln Centre Director’s Lab and is completing an Advanced Diploma in Script Editing & Development at AFTRS.

As a writer, his plays (including ‘Just For Me’ and ‘The Collectors’) have been performed in New York, Toronto, London and around Australia. Most recently John’s one-man verse play ‘You’re Welcome’ opened MKA’s HYPRTXT Festival in Melbourne and saw seasons at Hart House Theatre, Toronto and the Rosemary Branch, London. John’s writing on film, art and architecture has been published in Cabinet Magazine, Cream Magazine, Filmink and Dwell amongst others.

As a director, John was most recently Creative Director and CEO of Melbourne’s multi-Green Room Award winning MKA: Theatre of New Writing and previously Director In Residence for the Bell Shakespeare Company. John spent 2007-2012 working with leading new writing theatres in London where he co-founded IronBark – commissioning and producing the best Australian writing for UK audiences. His directing credits include; in Australia; Red Stitch, Vessel Arts, Lab Kelpie, MKA, Lyric Opera, Blue Room, Mind’s Eye, ATYP/Under The Wharf, Rock Surfers and Darlinghurst Theatre and in the UK; IronBark, Finborough Theatre, OVNV/Old Vic, NYTGB, Soho Upstairs, Edinburgh Fringe and Old Red Lion.

John is represented internationally by Mia Thomson at Mia Thomson Associates
www.miathomsonassociates.co.uk

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