Everywhere you look on television, women are portrayed as catty and constantly fighting. In TV world, female friendships are regularly strained over the most trivial of things – whereas men only disagree when they’re fighting over a woman.
Kacie Anning was sick of seeing these types of female relationships on television.
So when it came time to make a web series of her own, she wanted to ensure that the women on screen where representative of the women in her life.
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Girls: Kacie Anning (left) has been called Australia’s answer to both Lena Dunahm and Amy Schumer
Triple threat: Ms Anning created the web series Fragments of Friday, which she wrote, directed and starred in
‘I get frustrated when I see female friendships on screen shown as catty,’ she said. ‘I have a bunch of low maintenance friends and I love that.’
In creating her web series Fragments of Friday, which centres around three female friends and the consequences of their Friday nights, Ms Anning said she was inspired by television shows like Broad City and Please Like Me.
‘Fragments always been a love letter to female friendship and my experience of friendship,’ she said.
‘On Broad City you see the girls laughing together in the frame, you see them enjoying each other’s company,’ Ms Anning explained. ‘I think that’s part of the reason it’s doing so well.’
Bad girls: Fragments of Friday centers around three female friends who try and piece together what happened on their Friday night
Friends forever: Ms Anning said that she wanted to portray female friendships on screen that weren’t catty or mean
Ms Anning has been compared before to both Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer, both because Fragments of Friday is a female led show, and because Ms Anning is a writer, director and actor in the series.
‘They’re lovely comparisons and I’m flattered when I hear them,’ she said.
‘I think people do it because they really like the triple threat thing. It’s a branding thing, they like to compare. There’s a movement happening of women wearing multiple hats.’
Best friends forever: Ms Anning said the show was a ‘love letter to female friendship’
Girls run the world: Ms Anning worked with creative partner Courtney Wise (right) on the plot for Fragments of Friday
The original idea for Fragments of Friday, she said, came from a night spent watching ‘trashy reality TV’ with a friend who joked Ms Anning should make a show about her life.
‘I said, “you just get drunk on Fridays” and the idea was born,’ she said.
Since shooting Fragments of Friday, which was done on a tiny budget, Ms Anning has producer and directed the series Minister for Men for the Sydney Opera House, and is currently working on a half hour female led sports comedy.
Series one and two of Fragments of Friday can be watched on the show’s website.