New Lesbian Webseries “Newtown Girls” Premieres And I Liked It

Late last year I told you about The Newtown Girls, a new 10-part ‘dramedy’ webseries that follows the lives of lesbians in Newtown, a queer girl hotspot in Sydney, Australia. Now the first episode is here!

Here’s the deal. Skarlet (Debra Ades) returns to the Newtown scene after a year-long journey of self-discovery in South East Asia, inspired by a bad break up. She crashes in the townhouse of her cute BFF Alex, who delivers a healthy dose of girl-on-girl action in the first 50 seconds and I assume can be relied to do so throughout the series.

Other characters and stories will also be introduced, just not in the next 7 minutes.

What do you think? Will you keep watching?

I’ll admit that although I was super amped about the idea of a queer series set in the Newtown area, a place where I’ve lived most of my adult life, I was also slightly worried. I wondered whether a 7-minute episode could give viewers a true taste of the area and its queer community, which I adore and can’t help but to feel slightly protective of. It was all for nothing though, ’cause I loved this episode. I laughed and I cringed and most of all, I related. (Well, to most things. I don’t know any twentysomething lesbian who has a spare bedroom in her Newtown terrace.)

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Newtown Girls launch party at The Bank hotel, and these were the main take aways:

1) The cast is very attractive and also very into this project.
2) “I got to kiss a lot of really hot girls” – Renee Lim (Alex)
3) “There’s not enough good quality gay content out there. That’s why I’m here.” – Kylie Watson (Veronica aka the book store girl)

Everything else you need to know is over at the Newtown Girls website or Facebook page or Twitter account.

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  1. Woah, i liked this so much more than i thought i would! Great stuff so far– too bad it’s so short.

  2. I totally live in Newtown. In Wellington, NZ not Sydney Australia but still. I’m gonna pretend they’re the same.

    • Well, it’s still probably more similar than being in than Newtown in Hobart, Australia ;)

  3. wheeeeeeee I have a penchant for any local series (seeing as most aussie programs last no longer than two episodes on tv)… I am definitely looking forward to seeing more! As a former Sydney-sider I loves me some Newtown and totally some Newtown girls… :P

  4. Hee, yay Newtown :D It’s awesome to see a show in the places I frequent. Also, Alex is really hot.

    Oddly, to me in the first scene when they first started talking they sounded a bit English, not really Aussie.

  5. I love that “start tweeting” in on her list of things she needs to do in order to be happy.

  6. I’d keep watching, but I wish there were more queer shows that were about folks I could actually relate to. I just feel like I keep seeing these shows with wicked mainstream/wealthy/stereotypically pretty queermos, and that’s just not my reality. As an anarchist who has two food service jobs (gotta pay the bills) in my early twenties, I would love to watch a show where queer people were doing something other than 9-5 “professional” jobs and prancing off to yoga retreats in foreign countries to “find themselves.” Please don’t get super defensive, I’m not saying shows like that should be taken off the air – but if any of you qtz know of some less norm-y queer tv for when all I want to do after work is drink beer and stare at a screen, lemme know!

  7. Yes.

    If there are any Aussies out there who think American accents are cute, please contact me. This could be a win-win situation.

  8. Haha, so weird seeing Newtown on the small screen, I live here and go in those shops all the time, hehe
    (I may have been secretly trying to find myself in the background).

    I am interested to see how it goes, I feel Scarlet is being overacted but maybe that’s just the character.

    • nope not just the character, in the grand tradition of aussie soaps it’s hopelessly overacted. couldn’t love it more.

    • I assumed it was the character / intentionally over the top. I could be wrong, not sure.

  9. I love webshows, even though they’re so short. So many of them are good enough to be on regular tv. Also, for like the 30th vote: Aussie accents are very hot.

  10. Yes, please keep us posted! Foreign accents in general are just a wonderful thing… but Aussies especially…nom. On board with Team Alex thus far.

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