FX in the US has placed a series order for Mr Inbetween, a half-hour drama series created by and starring Scott Ryan and directed by Nash Edgerton, it was announced on Friday by Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, presidents of original programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
The FX Original Series was shot in Australia and is produced by Blue-Tongue Films and Jungle Entertainment, in association with FX Productions, Screen Australia and Create NSW.
In Australia the series will stream on Foxtel and screen on showcase.
Michele Bennett is producer and Ryan, Edgerton and Jason Burrows are executive producers. The six-episode season, written by Ryan and directed by Nash Edgerton (Gringo, The Square), will air on FX and Foxtel this fall. FX and Foxtel have commissioned a writers room for a second season.
In Mr Inbetween, Ryan plays Ray Shoesmith, a father, ex-husband, boyfriend and best friend: tough roles to juggle in the modern age. Even harder when you’re a criminal for hire.
“Mr Inbetween is an extraordinary achievement for Scott Ryan, who took it from an indie film with a cult following to a half-hour drama that he stars in,” Schrier said. “Scott is one of those rare creators who can bring his own character to life on screen, and he is perfectly paired with Nash Edgerton, who brilliantly directed all six episodes. This project is a great inaugural step with Foxtel as the home of FX original series in Australia.”
Mr Inbetween stars Scott Ryan, Damon Herriman (Justified), Justin Rosniak, Brooke Satchwell, Jackson Tozer, Nicholas Cassim, Chika Yasumura and Matt Nable.
Edgerton said, “I couldn’t be happier to be sharing Scott Ryan’s character Ray with as many people as possible, and Scott and I couldn’t be more excited to have Mr Inbetween on FX and Foxtel.”
Scott Ryan wrote, directed and starred in The Magician, a mockumentary that introduced audiences to the very funny and very dark world of hitman Ray Shoesmith. It was originally shot over 10 days at a cost of $3,000. After a screening of a 30-minute cut down version at the 2004 St Kilda Film Festival, Ryan met filmmaker Nash Edgerton, who took on the project on as editor and producer. Receiving further funding, the film was then released by Hopscotch Films in 2005 and went on to be nominated for a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award and an Inside Film (IF) Award in 2005. He is currently developing a project that delves into the John F Kennedy assassination.