Full Cast Announced For Tim Minchin’s Australian Drama Series ‘UPRIGHT’


Foxtel, Sky UK, Screen Australia and Lingo Pictures have revealed the full cast for its new landmark series UPRIGHT.

Musician, comedian, actor and writer Tim Minchin not only stars in the series but wrote the music and is Executive Producer alongside Penny Win and Hellen Bowden.

Minchin will be joined by rising star Milly Alcock and some of the country’s top talent including:

  • Heather Mitchell (A Place to Call Home, The Great Gatsby, Palm Beach
  • Daniel Lapaine (Muriel’s Wedding, Black Mirror, Catastrophe)
  • Ella Scott Lynch (Love Child, Janet King) Daniel Frederiksen (Ghost Rider, Matilda the Musical)
  • Kate Box (Rake, Picnic at Hanging Rock)
  • Ningali Lawford (Mystery Road, Last Cab to Darwin)
  • Sachin Joab (Hotel Mumbai, Pine Gap)
  • Luke Carroll (Strangerland, Redfern Now)
  • Rob Collins (Secret City, Cleverman, The Wrong Girl)

UPRIGHT tells the story of two misfits, thrown together by chance in the middle of the Australian desert, forging bonds in a quest to transport a precious piano from one side of the country to the other.

Lucky Flynn (Minchin) hasn’t spoken to his family in years. He’s broke, distant and damaged. He’s also a gifted pianist, whose talent for music is matched only by his talent for self-destruction.

When he learns that his mother has only days left to live, Lucky sets off in a hire car to drive the 4000 kilometres from Sydney to Perth to say goodbye to her, taking with him his only cherished possession in the world – a battered and scarred upright piano.

The series was something that Minchin couldn’t wait to be a part of and give to the Australian public,

“From the moment I heard about the idea for UPRIGHT, I knew it was the show I’d been waiting to make. I like stories that make me laugh and think and cry, I adore the landscapes of outback Australia, and I love music, and homecomings, and characters full of flaws,” said Minchin.

“It’s awesome to be writing with this extraordinary team, and I’m looking forward to acting alongside Milly Alcock and this incredible cast.”

The stellar team behind UPRIGHT include creator Chris Taylor (The Chasers) alongside Minchin and award-winning writer/actors Kate Mulvany (Fighting Season, Jasper Jones) and Leon Ford (Offspring, No Activity).

UPRIGHT is directed by Matthew Saville (Please Like Me) and produced by Lingo Pictures’ Jason Stephens, Chris Taylor and Melissa Kelly (Hounds of Love).


UPRIGHT – which began production in South Australia this month and will conclude in Western Australia later this year.

The series is made in association with the South Australian Film Corporation, with investment from Screenwest and Create NSW.

Production credit: UPRIGHT is a Lingo Pictures production for Foxtel and Sky UK, with major production investment from Foxtel and Screen Australia in association with the South Australian Film Corporation.