Netflix has ordered new drama, Apple Cider Vinegar, “a true-ish story, based on a lie” from See-Saw Films and Picking Scabs.

Apple Cider Vinegar takes place at the birth of social media and follows two young women – Belle and Milla – who set out to cure their life-threatening illnesses through health and wellness, motivating their growing online communities along the way. All of which would be inspiring if it were true.

The limited series will be shot on-location in Melbourne, Australia with support from VicScreen through their Victorian Production Fund and will premiere globally on Netflix.

The cast includes Kaitlyn Dever (Dopesick, Unbelievable), Alycia Debnam-Carey (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart,  Fear the Walking Dead) Aisha Dee (The Bold Type, Safe Home), Tilda Cobham-Hervey (The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, I Am Woman), Ashley Zukerman (Succession) and Mark Coles Smith (Mystery Road: Origin)

Executive Producers are See-Saw Films’ Liz Watts, Helen Gregory, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning along with Picking Scabs’ Samantha Strauss and Louise Gough and Kaitlyn Dever

Jeffrey Walker (The Clearing, The Artful Dodger, Modern Family) will direct the series that was created by Samantha Strauss.

It’s written by Samantha Strauss (The End, Nine Perfect Strangers, Dance Academy), with Anya Beyersdorf (The Twelve) and Angela Betzien (Total Control). The producer is Yvonne Collins, co-producer is See-Saw Films’ Libby Sharpe and co-executive producers are Jeffrey Walker and See-Saw Films’ Simon Gillis

Executive Producers Liz Watts and Louise Gough said: “Samantha Strauss has created a series that is searing in its comment but entertaining at its very core. It’s complex, it’s got bounce and it’s got bite, and we love it. We have a brilliant creative team under the fine leadership of director Jeffrey Walker and one of the best cast ensembles in an Australian production. This is a Melbourne story with a global reach.”

Executive Producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning said: “We are delighted to announce Apple Cider Vinegar as the first production through Picking Scabs, See-Saw’s label with Samantha Strauss. Sam is an exceptional and rare talent, and we have an incredibly exciting upcoming slate. Thank you to VicScreen for their support, and our thanks to Netflix who are the perfect partner to take this story to the world.”

Netflix Director of Content ANZ, Que Minh Luu said: “Our ambition for Australian stories continues to build with Apple Cider Vinegar. We’re luring our homegrown global success stories back here where they belong, to make Australian shows that deliver the unexpected thrills Australian audiences crave on Netflix. Between See-Saw Films/Picking Scabs, the extraordinary creator Sam Strauss, and our shockingly brilliant cast, we can’t wait for this incredible drama series to delight audiences wherever they are.”


Jon Creamer

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