Female lead ensemble comedies are an under represented area on our screens, big and small. The fervor that surrounded the movie Bridesmaids at the time of its release, that women can actually be crass and funny at the same time, is indicative of a content need that’s STILL yet to be fully satiated.
ATWTTT grabs the bold female comedy baton from its predecessors (Broad City, Fleabag, I’m Sorry) and runs with it. It is fueled by serious lady power. It’s female created, written, directed, DP’d, produced and performed - continuing to fill the gap bringing witty, irreverent, female driven comedy to our small screens.
Joelene has forged a successful acting career over the last 25 years in the Australian film and television industry, before relocating to Los Angeles to further pursue her career.
She began working professionally from the age of 13, starting out in the acclaimed kids series Round The Twist before going on to star in The Man From Snowy River, Ocean Girl, Raw FM, Halifax: FP, Neighbours, City Homicide, Thank God You’re Here, Prince of Peoria (Netflix) and in feature films The Extra and Irresistible among others.
At the end of 2007, Joelene wrote the first incarnation of All the Way to the Top as a one-
act comedy play – which was staged at the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne and the Seymour Centre in Sydney as part of the Short and Sweet arts festival. It earned nominations in the Best Comedy and Best Director categories, while winning the Best Comedy Actress award. In 2016, All the Way to the Top had its Hollywood debut at the Stella Adler Theater and its second outing at the Pico Playhouse in 2017.
During 2008, Joelene directed Australian comedienne and Barry award nominee Kate McLennan in her one-woman show The Enthusiasts, for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
In 2012, Joelene wrote and directed a TV comedy pilot called The Box. The pilot was shot on location at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood and stars Drew Powell (Gotham) and Jessica Pohly (Pee Wee’s Big Holiday).
Joelene is a passionate and dedicated binge watcher of television - it's her favourite story-telling medium and she could talk about it all day long. That, and soda stream. Three short, sharp bursts is all it takes to create the perfect glass of fizzy water. Don't f#@k it up. You've been warned.