The first Showmax Original, Tali’s Wedding Diary, was a resounding success. The series stars Julia Anastasopoulos as a Joburg princess who is planning the wedding of her dreams. It was produced by Sketchbook Studios, which Julia’s husband, Ari Kruger, founded and Julia co-owns. The business has many other projects under its belt – including Julia’s successful YouTube vlog, Suzelle DIY.
Following its acclaim at the South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) Vodacom chatted to Julia about the inspiration behind Tali’s Wedding Diary, what she thinks lies ahead for streaming in South Africa, and what’s next for Sketchbook Studios.
What inspired Tali’s Wedding Diary?
The story was inspired by elements of our own wedding and, specifically, the bizarre journey leading up to it (with all the events that can go wrong in planning a wedding). I came up with this character Tali, a Jewish Joburg princess who moves down to Cape Town to marry the man of her dreams. In exploring the character and the storyline we had in mind, we started writing the series.
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