Gazelle: Le Petit Chien’ is a mockumentary web series following French cosmetics inventor Gazelle La France as she attempts to launch her new lipstick, Le Petit Chien in the UK, whilst her step-daughter Samantha suspects all is not as it seems. Inspired by Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone from the BBC’s Absolutely Fabulous and Jill Tyrell of BBC3’s Nighty Night, the titular character Gazelle La France is truly a force to be reckoned with. If he’s not making Samantha’s life a misery she’s verbally attacking or name dropping celebrities, from Victoria Beckham and Madonna, to Dawn French and Vladimir Putin.
Filmed in London, the entire first series has now been released and all three episodes can be accessed from the links below. Bonus content is available on the YouTube channel including a blooper reel. A second series is currently in pre-production and the company, ‘Emergency Room’, will be crowdfunding to make it even bigger than the first series. The first series has also been entered into several international web festivals including Raindance, Marseille Web Fest and Austin Web Fest. It started out as a drunken improv session in which creator and writer Peter Hignett forced his friend, Kelvin Leeds, to don a ginger wig and put on a French accent.
“I never thought it would go this far,” says Peter. “We were essentially two thirty-year-old men playing dress up. But we must have done something right. I pitched the idea and surprisingly it was green-lit. Gazelle was born.”
Episode one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWtjJSxCFOw
Episode two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnUoigzBsno
Episode three: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vIX94YDt0o
Cast: Beth Mayoh as Gazelle – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4889825/?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
Dana Smit as Samantha – http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6965378/?ref_=tt_cl_t2
Created and written by Peter Hignett.
Directed by Matt Wright and Dominic Grace.
Produced by Rebecca Bardon and Edgars Birznieks.
Camera by Duco Veringmeier.
Sound by Joe Harden.
Edited by Matt Wright, Dominic Grace and Duco Veringmeier.
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