TV festival 'Series Mania' heads to Australia

It's been called the Cannes of the television industry. 

ACMI and Film Victoria have announced the program for Series Mania Melbourne, Australia's edition of the new French ten-day festival for high-quality television series. The festival will bring free screenings of over 20 TV programs and 3 web series to the Melbourne public, showcasing the range of programs flowing from the industry. 

UK series Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as a troubled man on the road to recovery from substance abuse fuelled by his traumatic childhood, will make its debut at the festival, followed by 'In Conversation' Q&A session with the series' screenwriter, David Nicholls and co-star Hugo Weaving. The festival will also host a full day of Q&As including the likes of Rachel Griffiths, Robert Connolly, and more special guests to be announced. 

Amongst the spread of programs to be screened at the festival, you'll find Wrong Kind of Black, an Australian four-piece drama meets comedy detailing the disco era, international crime drama Aquí en la Tierra (Here on Earth), Back In Very Small Business by the ABC and the brains behind Housos and loads more. 

The Series Mania Melbourne talks will take place on Friday July 20 with public screenings from Thursday July 19 - Sunday July 22 in Federation Square. Bookings are essential, reserve your spot here