Coronavirus lockdown series Cancelled captures pandemic living in all its comedy and anxiety

ABC Arts

By Hannah Reich for The Screen Show

A man, an older lady and a woman all in masks sitting on a couch
Cancelled has a classic sitcom set-up, but it doesn’t hold back from the more painful parts of the pandemic.(Supplied: Luke Eve)

“On March 15, Australian director Luke Eve was set to marry Spanish actor María Albinana in Valencia, Spain.

But the couple were forced to call off their wedding after the rapid spread of COVID-19 sent Spain into a strict lockdown in which people were only allowed to leave their homes for food and medicine.

The couple ended up stuck in their apartment with Eve’s mother Karen, whose two-week trip from Australia spiralled into a multi-month stay.

nstead of spending lockdown as many others have — baking breadknitting or making TikToks — this creative couple decided to turn their lives into a web series.

“There were only three of us in the house and a mobile phone. That was all we had,” Eve says.

Armed with an iPhone 10 and funded by Screen Australia, the three of them made Cancelled, a 10-episode web series, recently released on Facebook.”

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