Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Christina Pickles Set To ‘Break a Hip' in New Web Series

Christina Pickles stars in Break a Hip.
Wincy is desperate. He’s a failed actor, behind on the rent, fleeing creditors and his parents’ criticism. Biz is desperate. She needs paper towels. Entering the twilight years of her life, Biz can’t manage her daily needs without help, but she might be able to help Wincy find his path in life. An unlikely friendship is born when two misfits cross generations to find each other in “Break a Hip,” a whimsical new comedy premiering exclusively on Vimeo.

The starry cast is lead by five time Emmy Award-nominee Christina Pickles, an industry veteran known for her iconic portrayal of Monica’s mom Judy Geller on Friends and her Emmy-nominated turn as Nurse Helen Rosenthal in St. Elsewhere. Pickles stars as Biz, an elderly English actress living alone in a one-room studio in the heart of Hollywood. Biz hires Wincy (newcomer Britt Hennemuth) to assist her with her very exceedingly specific daily needs and ends up becoming his unwitting mentor, while taking him on a series of bizarre and complicated escapades. From evading Biz’s vindictive, banjo playing landlady (Allison Janney) to navigating her escalating health issues with her new doctor (Octavia Spencer), their absurd adventures form a relationship that is unexpected, frustrating, hilarious and deeply touching.

The story is loosely based on series creator Cameron Watson’s personal experience as a young actor in Hollywood. According to Watson, “I was hired by an older English actress who lived by herself. Her husband was dead, all of her friends were dead, she had no one. She was a lovely, complicated woman. And she was alone and frightened. And that often came out as mean. I loved her deeply and she taught me a lot. We developed a very strong dependency on each other and the absurdity of our adventures together are what inspired the script.”

Notable cast members include six-time Emmy winner Allison Janney (Mom, Spy,The West Wing), Peri Gilpin (Frasier, Mr. Robinson), Oscar winner Jim Rash (Community, The Way, Way Back), Priscilla Barnes (Three’s Company, Jane the Virgin) and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help). Season One will premiere on June 30th exclusively on Vimeo.

Cameron Watson wrote and directed the Miramax feature film Our Very Own, which garnered major acclaim on the film festival circuit and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for star Allison Janney. A celebrated theatre director in Los Angeles and across the county, Cameron was recently heralded by The Los Angeles Times as “one of our finest contemporary directors.” Watson’s lengthy acting career includes numerous appearances in television and film over the years ranging from Cheers to Dynasty to Six Feet Under, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones and, most recently,NCIS, Modern Family and Scandal.

Britt Hennemuth, Christina Pickles (Friends, St. Elsewhere), David Lander (A Bug’s Life, Laverne and Shirley), Allison Janney (Mom, The West Wing, Juno), Anna-Laurie Rives, Pressly Coker (Hunting Season), Amy Holt, Katie Adler, Priscilla Barnes (Jane the Virgin), Carole Cook, Julia Davis, Watson Eagles, Andy Fitzell, AnnMarie Giaquinto, Peri Gilpin (Frasier), Steven Griffith, Oliver Kieran Jones (Pretty Little Liars, Episodes, Glee), Amy Landers, Mason McCulley, Rebecca Mozo (Kittens in a Cage), Jim Rash (Community), Jean Michelle Sayeg, Octavia Spencer (The Help), Rebekah Tripp, and Tom Troupe.

Produced by Shut Up Charlie Productions – Maggie Biggar, Steve Cubine, Mason McCulley, Christina Pickles and Cameron Watson




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