With a substantial helping of dark-comedy, More Sauce once again excels at tackling an important topic. The six-part TV mini-series High Life explores bipolar’s manic episodes, in a powerful look at the effect manic symptoms can have on a person’s life. Starring AACTA award winning actress Odessa Young (Looking for Grace), the upcoming Australian series is a follow-up to 2014’s Low Life which, in contrast, explores a depressive episode of Bipolar.
High Life is executive produced by Golden Globe nominee and mental health advocate Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadow, Black Adder), who has openly spoken about his experiences with bipolar disorder. The series is written by Glen Dolman (Hawke, The Mystery of a Hansom Cab), and features an original soundtrack by Sarah Blasko.
High Life tells the story of 17-year-old Genevieve (Odessa Young), a sensible, creative and overachieving student who experiences an unexpected crisis that has an unfortunate impact on her social life, family relationship and her safety. What she, her classmates, and her discreetly dysfunctional family don’t know, is that she is experiencing her first manic episode of Bipolar disorder.
Approximately one in 50 Australians are diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, an illness that typically involves extreme moods of mania or depression which can last anywhere from days, weeks, to months. The disorder, which is often stigmatised, can have a significant impact on both work and home relationships.
Throughout the six ten-minute episodes Genevieve’s symptoms worsen, as viewers are taken on a journey through an odd but harmless outburst in an ice-cream shop, to a dangerous night-time outing at an ominous location called Temptation Ocean. The show gives an insight into the effects of bipolar disorder, while also lamenting the fact that bipolar can happen to anyone.
“She has always been a wise person, you know, like sweet, and good and smart,” says Genevieve’s friend (Benson Jack Anthony) in disbelief.
High Life is a must see series that takes audiences on a funny, sincere journey into the effects of bipolar disorder on those who have it, as well as their classmates, family, and friends.
The show will premiere in Australia with a one-hour episode on n 9GO! on April 13 and will be available to stream via Nine’s On Demand streaming service immediately following its 10.15 pm TV debut.
Check out the High Life trailer below: