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Self Isolation Web Series.

About the show

Happy Epidemic is a comedy web series set in real-time against the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis. The show is set in 21 year old Jake Jones’ family home where – after his mother flees to the countryside – he lives alone.

Like the rest of the real world, Jake is struggling to get a grip of what the ‘new normal’ that everyone keeps talking about really means. Anxious? Frightened? Down right bored? Jake is too, but Happy Epidemic aims to provide a cure by looking at the lighter side of lockdown. Laughter is an instant vacation at a time when nobody is allowed to take one.

Each episode of Happy Epidemic poses a new lockdown-life obstacle or, we dare say, adventure! And thanks to Jake’s best friend ‘Frank’ and ‘Laszlo’ – let’s just call him an acquaintance for now – he meets new, curious people from all over the globe eager to help him get a grip on this new era.

With appearances from the likes of Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow, and actors Nicole Ansari- Cox, Julian Kostov, Lucy Russell and Cody Linley, the sky’s the limit with who will pierce Jake’s ever-expanding isolation bubble. 

There are so many people pitching in during this time of great need, and we want to do our part helping those in the best position to help others. In the first few weeks alone, we raised hundreds pounds for AGE UK – the country’s leading charity for the elderly who are at their most vulnerable during this time – and envision raising thousands more as our audience grows and the series evolves.

**WINNER Best Pilot Series IWFA International World Film Awards**
**Award of Merit- Best Shorts Competition**
**Semi-Finalist – Los Angeles Film Awards**
**Official Selection – Lighthouse International Film Festival**
**Official Selection – LA Sun Film Film Fest**
**Official Selection – Sicily Web Fest**
**Official Selection – The Web-Series Filmmaker Showcase**
**Official Selection – Montreal Independent Film Festival**

All episodes now streaming on IndieFlix, Discover Film, and Youtube.

Cast & Crew

Jonathan Jude

Jonathan Jude was born in Birmingham U.K and graduated Drama school with a 1st class BA degree. Jonathan’s career started with off West-End  performances at The Park Theatre and Southwark Playhouse. Since then Jude has starred in several productions including  SKY 1’S ‘Living the Dream’, Netflix’s ‘Close’ and Shonalands ‘Brigerton’. Jonathan also penned his first script ‘Him and Her’ an award winning short film which he went on to produce and star in.

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Aude des Pallieres

Aude des Pallieres is an English actress, writer and producer. She is of French, Serbian and Montenegrin heritage. She began her training while still in high-school, pursuing courses with London conservatory, RCSSD; going on to train extensively in Meisner Technique and with renowned LA Studios, AMAW and John Rosenfeld’s. Aude’s professional acting career took off with her appearance as Mia Kovak in BBC’s Casualty. She has since worked on various independent films; namely, playing the titular role opposite Kelly Bishop in Austrian romance, “The Salzburg Story” and starring as Becky in “Our Little Haven”. Recently, Aude appears as Sofi Adjani, in ‘Flack’, alongside Anna Paquin. She made her debut in writing and producing with the award winning short-film, “Him and Her”. 

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Sonita Gale, Producer

An independent producer based in London UK, Sonita has collaborated with talents such as Ray Winstone and 2020 Golden Globe-winner Brian Cox. Her first project with Galeforce Films – Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace – premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film festival, and was sold to over 55 territories worldwide. As a Producer, she is developing the Andrew Carnegie story into a limited series, with Brian Cox in the lead role and serving as EP. She has also recently teamed up with John Legend and Austyn Biggers from Get Lifted, and the director Geeta Gandbhir, to make a music documentary centered on the female artists who inspired a music icon.

Alongside this, she is developing a hip hop documentary set in India, with the wonderful Oscar- Nominated Smriti Mundhra and Jerry Henry as directors, and with BAFTA-winning filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (Bandit Queen, Elizabeth) and Oscar-Winning AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) and the late Samir Bangara as executive producers. In 2020, the film was accepted into the prestigious Good Pitch India.

In 2016, Sonita completed the BRITDOC’s Impact Producers Lab in Finland, and has carried the knowledge from this course onto her future projects, aiming to utilise the wide-reaching platform of film and television to make impactful change in our society.

At the beginning of the March 2020 lockdown, Jonathan Jude approached Sonita to produce Happy Epidemic. The comedy web-series was a project that caught her interest as a necessary remedy to help audiences deal with the often overwhelming effects of confinement during the lockdown, and something to inspire relief in audiences, at a time when it is most needed.

In December 2020, Sonita produced a short film directed by Emmy and BAFTA-nominated director Ursula MacFarlane, celebrating the international nature of the UK’s healthcare workforce, called International Health Service.

Sonita is currently in post-production on her directorial debut, Voices From Isolation, a documentary looking at the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities. She has been selected to attend the prestigious CPH:Forum with Voices from Isolation in April 2021.

As a woman of British-Asian heritage, she has experienced the benefits of multiculturalism and workplace equality first-hand. This has led her to support a diverse mix of talent – an important factor in how she intends to grow her business at Galeforce Films. 


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