Seriously Red is the Aussie musical dramedy that is among the first films from Rose Byrne’s Dollhouse Pictures.
With a screenplay by star Krew Boylan, the pic stars Byrne along with her Emmy-winning partner Bobby Cannavale and Daniel Webber (Netflix’s The Dirt, Escape From Pretoria). Arclight Films has boarded to handle worldwide distribution rights, with Gracie Otto (The Last Impresario) directing. Dollhouse Pictures and Robyn Kershaw from Robyn Kershaw Productions executive produce along with Byrne and Danny Nozell. Roadshow Films will distribute the film in Australia.
The film follows Raylene “Red” Delaney (Boylan), a vivacious but at times misguided redhead who pours herself a cup of ambition and trades her nine-to-five career in real estate for a life under the spotlight as a Dolly Parton impersonator. At first average and then fabulous, her tumultuous journey is full of fake hair, artificial boobs and a romantic liaison with Kenny Rogers. The cost of success, however, is far greater than Red ever anticipated and in order to find herself she needs to lose herself in Dolly.
Expect a catalogue of classic Dolly Parton hits as well as Elvis, Rogers, Neil Diamond, Kylie Minogue and much more.
The whole Seriously Red crew (Boylan, Bryne, Cannavale, Otto and Webber) visited Deadline’s SXSW Studio to talk about why Parton’s music is central to the story, and why the film is more than just music, but about finding your place in the world.
In the conversation, Boylan talks about why Parton is the pinnacle of achievement.
“I write to try to figure out something, and I really wanted to figure out why I wanted success, what it looks like,” said Boylan. “I landed on the answer which is Dolly Parton, who is my benchmark for success — which is cool, but a high benchmark.”
Watch the full interview clip above.
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