Sundance Now and Stan confirmed the start of production for Stan Original Series "Totally Completely Fine," produced by Fremantle Australia. “Stan is delighted to again partner with Sundance Now on Totally Completely Fine, a poignant Stan Original Series that brings to life a profound tale of family, belonging and grief," Stan Chief Content Officer Cailah Scobie said. "This is our second Stan Original with the talented Gretel Vella, working alongside the creative team at Fremantle to secure an outstanding young cast. We look forward to sharing this series with our audiences across Stan soon.”
"The Stan Original Series Totally Completely Fine" is created and executive produced by Gretel Vella, who writes alongside Keir Wilkins and Emme Hoy. The series is produced by Alice Willison, with Nat Lindwall as executive producer. The series is directed by Lucy Gaffy, with Adrian Chiarella, directing episode four with support from VicScreen. Financed with the assistance of Screen NSW under the Made in NSW Fund. Totally Completely Fine partners are AMC Networks’ Sundance Now and Fremantle. Fremantle will distribute the series on a global scale.
Alongside McKenzie, Totally Completely Fine stars Devon Terrell, Brandon McClelland, Rowan Witt, Contessa Treffone, James Sweeny, Max Crean and Brigid Zengeni. “Totally Completely Fine is my heart project, and I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Sundance, Stan and Fremantle to bring it to life," Creator and Executive Producer Gretel Vella said. "A response to the mental health crisis, Totally Completely Fine was written for myself and so many other people in my life. To let them know they aren’t alone, that mess is ok, and sometimes the pain and anxieties we try and hide can be our greatest superpowers. I am so excited for the world to meet our unlikely hero Vivian, and the rest of the Cunningham family. Sometimes neurotic, frequently chaotic, but hey, always bloody entertaining.”
Inspired by true events, the six-part dark comedy series is led by Thomasin McKenzie and explores the complexities of grief, the power of friendship, and sadness. The series also examines family and legacy matters. “Totally Completely Fine brilliantly and compassionately tackles timely issues that surround our lives and the lives of those we cherish," Shannon Cooper, Vice President, Programming, Sundance Now said. "We proudly support Gretel’s incredible vision and execution of the series, and it has been a true pleasure working alongside her, Stan and Fremantle since day one.”
The previously announced Gretel Vella project, now titled "Totally Completely Fine," follows 20-something Vivian Cunningham, whose life is a mess. Last week she accidentally burnt down her brother’s vegan food truck with a bacon-flavoured vape and this week she’s inherited her grandfather’s coastal clifftop house, and is tasked with helping people who come too close to the edge. Strangely enough, they’re responding to her chaotic, nihilistic brand of psychology. “It’s rare that bringing a series to fruition teaches you so much about life. My hope is that Gretel Vella’s unique world and irresistible characters bring as much joy as they do catharsis – Lucy Gaffy’s direction is the perfect final ingredient," Executive Producer for Fremantle Australia Nat Lindwall said. "May the audience embrace and be impacted by Viv’s journey as much as we have.”
Stan is delighted to again partner with Sundance Now on Totally Completely Fine, a poignant Stan Original Series that brings to life a profound tale of family, belonging and grief. This is our second Stan Original with the talented Gretel Vella, working alongside the creative team at Fremantle to secure an outstanding young cast. We look forward to sharing this series with our audiences across Stan soon.” Cailah Scobie Chief Content Officer, Stan