Las Rosas brings the glamour and fantasy of telenovela to the streets of Western Sydney in a story of love, sisterhood and growing up.
On the eve of Marisol’s 15th birthday, her mother died, and she had a funeral instead of a party. Years later, Marisol is striving to plan the Quinceañera (a Latina coming-of-age ceremony) she never had for Mariana, her younger sister.
LIES! SECRETS! LOVE TRIANGLES! JUST LIKE A TELENOVELA!
Las Rosas is Western Sydney's and Australia's first telenovela! It follows the sisters from the suburbs of Mt. Druitt to the streets of Liverpool as they try to keep their Latin roots alive in the humdrum Australian suburbs.
Inspired by our director, Daisy Montalvo, and her love of telenovelas, Las Rosas brings flashes of camp and glamour to Mt. Druitt and Liverpool.
Think the dramatic eyebrows of Tierra de Reyes (Mexico) meets Home and Away (Australia), but with 'el sabor' (flavour & colour) of the 21st century.
Who We Are
Las Rosas is the brainchild of a collection of emerging Western Sydney artists called the Curious Creators, born from CuriousWorks' commitment to developing new voices. From the script, to behind (and in front!) of the camera, to the editing room, this project is created by young artists taking the lead for the first time.
Las Rosas is produced by CuriousWorks, a not-for-profit media company dedicated to telling the stories of 'Another Australia,' whether in film, theatre or online.
Australian media rarely tells the stories of multicultural Australians or Western Sydney. When it does, it often plays into tired stereotypes about race and class because these stories do not come from the communities they claim to represent. Our home, like all places, is imperfect, but it is also rich in untold stories and unrecognised artists.
Las Rosas is not only the first Australian Western Sydney telenovela- for many of us, it's our first major film project. It gave us the chance to tell our own stories from our own communities and perspectives.
We've been working on this web-series since December 2016 and we're in the throes of post-production. We've been able to get Las Rosas to the post production stage through the generous support of our community partners, dedicated cast & crew & our own blood, sweat and tears! But filming a show, even for the Internet, is expensive. We want this production to be the best it can be and reflect all the hard work we've put into the series.
So we need your help to add the final touches to this exciting new series. Your support will help us finish off important aspects like the score, sound design, ADR, graphics, colour grade and titling.
To be specific your donation will go towards:
Telenovelas are nothing without its dramatic score, and we're lucky to have the talents of Luciana Valentina, not only as one of our lead actors, but as a musician as well!
She has been busy composing the music for the webseries, including its theme song, Entregarme a ti. (You can preview the song at 4:40 above!).
Supporting our Kickstarter directly supports the talents of amazing emerging artists like Luciana.
Stretch Goal: Supporting Young Artists
The media landscape is notorious for treating young artists as disposable labour with little to no pay. Of course all our cast and crew were paid, however we want to keep making awesome new work. As we all know, it is hard to get the creative juices flowing on our next project, when we are struggling to pay the bills!
Everyone agrees that we need to treat our young artists better, so we're going to put our money where our mouth is: as soon as we hit our initial goal, all additional funds go to the young artists to develop their next project.
- $10,000: Initial Goal allows us to complete post-production.
- $12,000+: Additional funds go into Curious Creators fund to pay artists for their next project concept and plan.
- $16,000: Goes directly into artists' fees running a one week creative development for their next story concept.
As our only stretch goal, this means that every dollar you donate will directly support the future of film-making and the arts in Australia.
But What About Rewards?
On a small production, we know every single dollar helps. That's why, for a sweet $5, we'll be including your name in the credits.
And if you're willing and able to give more than that, we have Kickstarter-exclusive merchandise, designed by illustrator and animator Jaime Aguilar, another emerging Western Sydney artist.
This is only a sample of the amazing postcard designs we have. We'll be revealing the rest of our 7 character portraits for every $2K we reach until our Kickstarter hits its goals!
Not a fan of postcards? You can still show support on your desktop, your phone- even the top of your head!
As a note: CuriousWorks is a non-profit organisation, and all pledges are therefore tax-deductible. Please let us know if you need a tax deductible receipt!
We would not have been able to make it this far without the support we received from our funders and community partners.
CuriousWorks would like to thank all the supporters of the production phase of Las Rosas, including Liverpool City Council, Fairfield City Council, Blacktown City Council and the generous supporters of our community program - Nelson Meers Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Create NSW and the Australia Council for the Arts.
Local organisations that share our mission of opportunity for Western Sydney young artists also kicked in support in-kind, including Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, PYT Fairfield, Bidwill Uniting and Learning Ground.
And thank YOU for checking out our campaign! Every little bit will help us on our way, so thank you all for your support!
If you want to follow our journey, catch us everywhere:
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is the potential of losing pace on our in-progress edit and post production schedule. We are aiming to share this story far and wide in SEPTEMBER 2018 and we have a huge amount of work to get it to that point.
We are however totally excited and cannot wait to share Las Rosas with you, which is a big motivational force. And while we're all young artists, we have the support of senior artists and staff at CuriousWorks to guide us through the last hurdles of post-production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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