Brought to you by the award-winning team that created Turn Me Online, we’re excited to bring you an original, eleven part comedy series. Follow the story of Paulina, a failed pop star who has recently been deported over the wall from the USA after a whirlwind illicit romance with President Trump.
Paulina just wanted to live the American dream but now she must take responsibility for her past and face what being from Hanwéll really means.
Starring great British comedy talent MILES JUPP (Outnumbered, Have I got News for You) and JESSIE CAVE (Harry Potter, Black Mirror), we are now looking for your help to bring the project to your screens!
This is a mouthpiece to oppose Trump and stand with everyone who sees through his political agenda but most importantly a love letter to the glorious telenovela soap opera genre.
So join us on the journey to the small town of Hanwéll, and follow a dramatic story of heartbreak, secrecy, sexy priests and ultimately revenge.
Watch our trailer!
You had me at "¡Hola!" Tell me more about yourselves.
Hannah Lane and Suzie Preece wrote a comedy web series called Turn Me Online that won Best British Series at Raindance in 2015. Hannah directed the series whilst Suzie starred as the hapless romantic, Alice.
Hannah’s credits include: Psychosis (Kingsway Pictures/Lionsgate), Outside Bet (Universal Pictures) and Sket (Gunslinger).
Suzie’s credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Southwark Playhouse), Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Capone Trilogy (Edinburgh Fringe).
Check out season one of Turn Me Online below!
So what is a telenovela?
Romance! Drama! That’s what drives telenovelas, Latin American soap operas, one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the world. Hundreds of millions of people watch telenovelas around the globe, everyday. They are infamous for their on-the-nose dialogue, steamy passion, bad camera work and extraordinarily over the top performances.
Tell me more about the world of ¡Hola, Paulina!
As we mentioned, ¡Hola, Paulina! is a comedy satire set against the backdrop of the Trump administration.
Hanwell forms the basis of our reimagined world where Trump's new wall borders not just Hanwéll but other London boroughs and UK counties as well.
The UK has apparently always had a “special relationship” with the US. However we started wondering if by sheer geography would this relationship continue to exist? Would it still be there if the UK was where, say, Mexico was?
And so ¡Hola, Paulina! came into being. This is a fantasy version of the world where boroughs of London and the UK have switched places with Mexico, and the American president has deported our heroine, Paulina.
¡Hola, Paulina! is a hilarious show featuring every extreme telenovela-esque plot line imaginable all tied together with a political message of love and unity. There will be tears, laughter and a load of lip liner and bad zooms.
Female driven drama.
As two female creators in a male-dominated industry we’re passionate about getting our voices heard and continuing to make our mark. Female-lead comedy is flourishing and we want to be a part of that. We wanted complex and strong women to drive our narrative and our story revolves around two powerful and intelligent women: the protagonist Paulina and our antagonist Margarita.
This is particularly pertinent given Trump's attitudes towards women and the belief that his fame and wealth gives him the power to "do anything" to "nasty women" even if that includes "grabbing them by the pussy".
Against this backdrop we wanted to create a story about female empowerment and freedom and exploring what national identity really means, especially when an administration is segregating you based on stereotype and ignorance.
By the way, did we mention the show will be entirely in Spanish with a cast of Latin American, Hispanic and British actors?
It's in Spanish? Huh?
Because it wouldn’t be a telenovela otherwise!
We are massive fans of telenovelas and Latin American culture and during the course of making this show have watched countless hours of amazing novelas. Our aim was to write our very own and find a political slant to satirise Trump.
This show is not about us pretending to be Mexican. Far from it. The whole show is a parody, the world upside-down, to highlight one man's plans to build a wall between his closest neighbours and what that means to people on the other side. This time it just happens to be Hanwéll.
¡Me gusta! What’s the rest of the plot like?
Ok… like all telenovelas, it’s pretty easy to follow… *deep breath* Paulina has been deported from the USA back to her humble hometown Hanwéll. Her love affair with Trump ("La Naranja") has come to an end and she leaves knowing his secrets. They met through a beauty pageant he was on the jury for. She bribed him and thus made her way to the top using stolen money from her now defunct piñata business, so she could get herself noticed as a legitimate popstar.
Woah… woah. WHAT NEXT?!
Well… when she arrives home her oldest friend, Margarita, informs her that her Mother has died in mysterious circumstances and that her brother is the sole heir to her father’s inheritance. Gabriel and her sister, Maria, appear to have gotten very close during her absence and she doesn’t know who to trust. Luckily, her local priest, Padre Santiago is on hand to offer help.
Things don’t stay calm for very long however and soon Paulina’s past catches up with her. Her ex-business partner is out for revenge and after his money. Her ex-husband the infamous drug lord ‘El Castor’ is out to get her back, a strange man called "Vladejandro" appears trying to exact information about Trump and her oldest friend might not be all that she seems…
Who's making it then?
Dan Gage (Editor): The Crown (Netflix), Broadchurch (ITV), The Detectorists (BBC), King Charles III (BBC), Kingsman: the Secret Service (Marv Films/20th Century Fox) and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (Baby Cow/Free Range).
Charlie Thompson (Editor): The Last Kingdom (BBC), The Eichmann Show (BBC 2), Cognita (Sky Blue Films).
James Evans (Sound Design): Eastenders (BBC), Sick Note (Sky One), Bad Move (ITV)
Jack Ayers (Director of Photography): The Chronicles of Syntax (original series), 3some (original series) and Turn Me Online.
Who's playing who?
We have some exciting new casting announcements coming but already confirmed in the cast are:
Fernanda Díniz - Credits include: Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Ouro Verde (TVI) and I Love It (TVI).
Miles Jupp - Credits include: Rev (Big Talk Productions), The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4), The Thick of It (BBC), Ballamory (BBC).
Jessie Cave - Credits include: Harry Potter (Warner Brothers), Pride (BBC Films), Glue (E4), Trollied (Sky One).
Vincent Kerschbaum - Credits include: Elizabeth I (Channel 5), The Marshlands (Independent TV Series)
How can I get involved?
This is where the fun comes in! Check out our perks!
We are offering tote bags, T-Shirts, signed posters all the way up to Exec Producer credits. We want you to be involved and a part of this with us as much as possible, as our audience we want you to have your say as we kick off "¡Hola, Paulina!"
Want to be an extra? Perfect! Have a look at how you can get involved.
Want to feature in our opening credits? Look no further.
Be sure to come and say hi to us on Instagram, FB and Twitter - we can’t wait to get going and remember to donate as generously as you can!
Well, £15,000 is the absolute minimum we need in order to get this series off the ground. We want people across the world to get behind us.
Over the years of working in the industry we have a proven track record of being able to make content on a range of budgets. The £15,000 budget will have to cover a lot of ground, from locations, cast, crew and post production to costumes, piñatas and green screens.
The show features eleven lead characters, a host of extras and a lot of fabulous locations. We think this will be not only an entertaining and engaging piece of filmmaking but also something more than that. ¡Hola, Paulina! is our way of doing something and taking a stand against a government that we disagree with.
We realise that not everyone will share our political beliefs but after seeing the worrying lean towards right-wing politics, not just in America but also across Europe, we wanted to create something that will help bring people from all around the world together.
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Risks and challenges
The biggest risk we face is not reaching our target. We are also trying to raise finance privately, but there are of course no guarantees. We have a fantastic and highly professional crew who have worked extensively in the industry. Your money will go into the best possible hands to make ¡Hola, Paulina! live up to its enormous potential. All we need is your support in order to get this project off the ground. We have created a film production company ‘Casita Blanquita Productions LTD’ and we intend Hola Paulina to be it’s first project of many.
We really want to take ¡Hola Paulina! onto even bigger things and hopefully go viral but we cannot do it without your help.
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