Mortified

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Mortified
Mortified-DVD Poster.png
Created by Angela Webber
Starring Marny Kennedy
Nicolas Dunn
Maia Mitchell
Dajana Cahill
Luke Erceg
Rachel Blakely
Andrew Blackman
Theme music composer Frank Strangio
Opening theme "Get Me Out of Here"
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Phillip Bowman
Jenny Buckland
Bernadette O'Mahony
Jo Horsburgh
Producer(s) Phillip Bowman
Bernadette O'Mahony
Camera setup Film; Single-camera
(videotape used for end credit scenes)
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Enjoy! Entertainment
Australian Children's Television Foundation
Film Finance Corporation Australia
Nine Network
Broadcast
Original channel Nine Network
Original run 30 June 2006 – 11 April 2007

Mortified is an Australian children's television series, co-produced by the Australian Children's Television Foundation and Enjoy Entertainment for the Nine Network Australia, Disney Australia and the BBC. The series premiered on 30 June 2006 and ended on 11 April 2007 with two seasons and a total of 26 episodes. Currently, re-runs air on both ABC and the Disney Channel, in the U.S. on Starz Kids and Family,[1] and in the UK on Pop Girl.

Premise[edit]

Mortified follows the imaginative life of Taylor Fry, a twelve-year-old girl living in a beachside town in Australia called Sunburn Beach, as she struggles to make it through her teen years with her flawed and embarrassing family.[2] She is embarrassed by her parents; jealous of her neighbour Brittany; her best friend, Hector, has a crush on her; and she has a crush on popular Leon.[3] Taylor frequently breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the audience. Her imagination causes inanimate objects to seemingly come to life.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Marny Kennedy as Taylor Fry – Taylor is the main character and protagonist. She is embarrassed by her parents Don and Glenda, is annoyed by her sister Layla, and has a crush on her classmate Leon (while her best friend Hector has a crush on her, but she does not know it). Taylor regularly breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience. Marny Kennedy received an Australian Film Institute Award for her role in Mortified.
  • Nicolas Dunn as Hector Garcia – Hector is Taylor's best friend. He is a very loyal friend to Taylor, and often gets dragged along on her crusades. However, he falls out with Taylor in the episode "Flag Fall" after Taylor calls him a dork after he volunteers to raise the new school flag, and again in "School Trivia Night" where Taylor accidentally gets teamed up with Leon. Hector secretly has a crush on Taylor, even going so far as to send her a Valentine's Day card in the episode "DJ Taylor" (though Taylor mistakenly assumes the card was from Leon, though even after Taylor finds out that this was not the case, Hector does not tell her the card was from him). He is allergic to cats (as revealed in the episode "Taylor Gets a Job").
  • Maia Mitchell as Brittany Flune – Brittany is Taylor's next door neighbour, who sometimes has an on/off friendship with Taylor. She is beautiful and is best known for being perfect. Like Taylor with her parents Don and Glenda, Brittany is shown to be sometimes feel embarrassed by her parents. She talks in flowery language and appears to be the leader of a clique in the episode "Bigger Than Vegas".
  • Luke Erceg as Leon Lipowski – Leon is the class heartthrob. Taylor and Brittany both have crushes on him, though it is slightly obvious that he prefers Brittany. Hector is biased against him since Taylor has a crush on Leon (when Hector has a crush on Taylor) and when Leon always throws "missiles" at him in class, much to the annoyance of Mr. McClusky. His father, Gary, is nicknamed "Fingers" and Leon mostly enjoys surfing and sports. Leon at first appears to be an only child until his older brother, Brett, makes his first and only appearance in the episode "School Trivia Night".
  • Dajana Cahill as Layla Fry – Layla is Taylor's older sister. She is nasty and annoying, and is always getting on Taylor's nerves. She is obsessed with fashion (in the episode "Mother in the Nude", she gets a job of presenting Hipp's Apricot Hand Cream on a TV commercial and in the episode "The Chosen One", she steals Taylor's hairbrush) and is always finding and dumping boyfriends. Despite the feud between them, Layla does show some positive actions towards Taylor; such as in the episode "Taylor Gets a Job", she gives Taylor her old mobile phone (though it later turned out that all the old numbers were still in the contact list and Taylor ended up getting phone calls from random people) and in the episode "Rome Wasn't Built in a Day", she helps Taylor rebuild her half-destroyed model of a Roman kitchen after Taylor reunited her with her old boyfriend. It is revealed in the episode "Taylor Turns Bad", that Glenda considers Layla a rebel, whilst Taylor considers her to be an idiot.
  • Andrew Blackman as Don Fry – Don is the dad of Taylor and Layla, and the husband of Glenda. He is referred to as the "Underpant King" and even has a shop that sells underpants in the local shopping centre. Despite being ditzy and wacky, he does show mature effects such as the time when he rescued Taylor who was in danger of drowning since she had fallen into the sea when wearing a mermaid costume.
  • Rachel Blakely as Glenda Fry – Glenda is Taylor and Layla's mum and Don's wife. She is ditzy and wacky like Don and personality-wise, is stuck in the 1960s. She often helps Don at the Underpant King store. Like her cousin Mystic Marj, she is obsessed with things like chakras/mind/body/spirit and often meditates.
  • Sally McKenzie as Mystic Marj – Marj is Glenda's cousin. She is a seer/fortune teller/mystic/prophetic/psychic and makes a living out of reading tea leaves. She is eccentric and, like Glenda, has a passion for chakras. Despite her reputation, Marj is often thought to be a fraud and a bit insane. In the episode "Mother in the Nude", she and Taylor create a video where Marj predicts a series of cataclysmic events occurring at the seaside at the time of Sculpture by the Beach (e.g. rainstorms, glaciers, landslides and thunderstorms) and no one believed her, and in the episode "Bigger than Vegas", Taylor goes to ask her advice for something and Marj correctly guesses that Taylor had been nominated for school captain but only because Glenda told her.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Mr. McClusky (Steven Tandy) is Taylor, Hector, Brittany and Leon's teacher (and presumably Layla's old primary school teacher since in the episode "Taylor Turns Bad", he keeps saying her name and acts like he really knows her). He is wise and can be strict at times (especially with Leon when he throws "air-born missiles"). Mr. McClusky appears in every episode of series one (apart from "The Talk"), but is absent in series two since Taylor, Hector, Brittany and Leon depart for high school at the end of series one (though he is mentioned briefly by Taylor in the first episode of series two "Little Fish" that Taylor misses him and his bush-walking socks to which Hector replies "Seriously?").
  • Michael and Loretta Flune (Peter Kent) and (Veronica Neave) are Brittany's parents. They like to keep everything "perfect". They are brilliant musicians (as revealed in the episodes "Taylor's DNA" where they play a piano solo for the talent quest and in "Mother in the Nude" where Loretta plays the piano and Michael plays the cello) and are zero-tolerant of stains (as revealed in the episode "Girl Power", when Taylor accidentally spills raspberry cordial on the carpet) and have strict house rules (as seen in the episode, "Taylor's Song.")
  • Gary Lipowski (David Anderson) is Leon and Brett's dad. His wife is not shown, suggesting/implying that he is a widower. He owns a repair shop for things like radios and televisions and microwaves. In the episode "School Trivia Night", he was thought briefly to have stolen the Flunes' television and donated it to the school.

Development and production[edit]

Mortified was created by screenwriter and author Angela Webber. Series director is Pino Amenta. It consists of 26 24-minute episodes.[4] The first season of Mortified had a budget of A$9.3 million. It was shot entirely on location in Coolangatta on the Gold Coast while most of the school scenes were filmed at the local Palm Beach Currumbin High School, starting on 8 June 2005.[5] Mortified was launched in Cannes at MIPTV in April 2006.[6]

International syndication[edit]

Country / Region Network(s) Broadcast run Title
 Australia Disney Channel Australia Mortified
 Argentina Disney Channel Latin America 2007–2011 "¿Por qué a mí?"
 Austria ORF eins Meine peinlichen Eltern
 Brazil Disney Channel Brazil 2007–2011 Ninguém Merece!
 Canada BBC Kids Mortified
 Chile Canal 13 2008 ¿Por que a mi?
 Colombia Señal Colombia 2010 ¿Por que a mi?
 Ecuador Ecuavisa ¿Por que a mi?
 France Disney Channel France
 Germany KiKa 12 March 2008 Meine peinlichen Eltern
 India Disney Channel India 2007-2008 मोर्टीफाईड (Hindi)
 Ireland RTÉ
 Japan NHK 31 March 2008–? 気分はぐるぐる
 Italy Disney Channel Italy Perché a me
 Netherlands Zapp Zóóó gênant!!
 Portugal Canal Panda Que vida a minha
 Russia Disney Channel Russia Непокорная
 South Korea EBS 테일러는 12살
 United Kingdom CBBC
Pop Girl Mortified
 United States Starz Kids & Family Disney Channel US 1 March 2011–present
 Venezuela Televen 2010 ¿Por que a mi?
 Vietnam HTV3 28 November 2012 – present Tuổi ô mai or Xấu hổ

Hong Kong

Australia Network

1 July- present

Mortified

Crew[edit]

  • Series creator: Angela Webber
  • Executive producers: Phillip Bowman, Jenny Buckland, Bernadette O'Mahony, Jo Horsburgh
  • Producers: Phillip Bowman, Bernadette O'Mahony
  • Writers: Angela Webber, Sam Carroll, Tim Gooding, Johanna Pigott, Steve Wright, Max Dann, Chris Anastassiades, Shirley Pierce, Adam Bowen, Helen McWhirter
  • Directors: Pino Amenta, Paul Moloney, Ian Gilmour, Michael Pattinson, Evan Clarry
  • Script editors: Sam Carroll, Steve Wright

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2007 New York Festivals Television Programming
and Promotion Awards
Won Grand Award for Best Youth Program
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Gold World Medal for Youth Programs ages 7 to 12
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2006 Australian Film Institute Awards Won Best Children’s Television Drama
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Young Actor Award Marny Kennedy
Nominee Best Direction In Television Pino Amenta
(for the pilot episode "Taylor's DNA")
Best Screenplay In Television Angela Webber
(for the pilot episode "Taylor's DNA")
Chicago International Children's Festival Won First Prize in the Live Action Television category
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54th Columbus International Film and Video Festival Bronze Plaque for Children and Youth Programs
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Australian Teachers of Media Awards Best Children's Television Series
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DVD release[edit]

A DVD of the series was released in PAL format on 4 April 2007.[7] Titled Mortified: Volume 1, the 2-disc DVD has a running time of 299 minutes and includes the first 13 episodes. Mortified: Volume 2, a 2-disc DVD consisting of episodes 14–26 (running time of 312 minutes), was released on 18 July 2007.[8] In the UK, Universal Pictures released a 2-disc set on TBA, containing all episodes the TV Series (1 & 2).

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://tvforkids.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/weekly-focus-mortified/[dead link]
  2. ^ "Mortified Get me out of here!" (PDF). Retrieved 21 February 2007. [dead link]
  3. ^ Greg Hassall (30 June 2006). "Mortified – review". The Age. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  4. ^ "Live Action Series :: Mortified". Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "26-part Children's TV series to film on Gold Coast". 15 July 2005. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  6. ^ "Mortified wins 2 major awards at New York festivals". 9 February 2007. Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  7. ^ "Mortified – Volume 1". Retrieved 21 February 2007. 
  8. ^ "Mortified – Volume 2". Chaos Entertainment. 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2007. 

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