Ready for This

Werner Films & Blackfella Productions, 2015

Set in inner city Sydney, Ready for This is the story of six teenagers, all elite within their own field, each with a different agenda and different dreams.

They have come together, to live at Arcadia House. For some it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, for others it’s a last chance. In order to survive the year, the six strangers must find a path through new challenges and adventures. A long way from home, the last thing they expect to find is family.

Zoe has hopes of fulfilling her long-held Olympic dreams, while Levi is a rising talent in the football world. Away from parental pressures, Dylan pursues his passion for electronic music and graffiti art, and Ava must overcome her fear of performing in public. After her mother passed away, Lily got caught up in the wrong crowd. Her father moves her to Arcadia house in the hope that new friendships and passions will allow her to finally overcome her grief. Reece has a secret - an invitation to come and stay at Arcadia House is the solution he desperately needs.

Ready for This tells the story of what it’s like to be thrown together in a big city to pursue your dreams, while dealing with all the trials of growing up.

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Episode 1 Brand New Me

Five elite teens from around Australia find placement in Arcadia House, a hostel in Sydney. Ava must cope with a new, cool music school, a haunted bedroom and her desire to make friends despite her crippling shyness.

Episode 2 The Golden Sneaker

Mick and Vee resort to a team-building scavenger hunt to get the kids to bond but Lily escapes the event and heads out to find the Sydney she remembers from her early years with her mother.

Episode 3 The Solo

When an opportunity to further develop her budding friendship with Jasmine leads to an opportunity to sing with a famous DJ, Ava must face the question of how far she is prepared to go to succeed in this new city.

Episode 4 Shadow Boxing

Levi discovers Reece is homeless and sleeping rough in the school gym. After spending the day with Reece and seeing the grim reality of his home life, Levi invites Reece to come back and stay at Arcadia House.

Episode 5 Blank Canvas

Out one night doing his stencil work, Dylan is confronted by the local graffiti crew.

Episode 6 Back on Track

A major athletics meet brings Zoe’s family down from Darwin to visit, compelling Levi and Zoe to suppress their growing romance. But tensions explode when the two families meet and discover that Zoe and Levi have been secretly seeing one another.

Episode 7 Fresh Meat

Ava meets cool roller-derby-chick Macy who encourages her, Zoe and Lily to get wheels under their feet and join her roller derby ‘fresh meat’ trials.

Episode 8 The Crocodile

Levi’s Dad, Jimmy, is released from jail and Levi is forced to face a lot of unresolved questions about their relationship. When Jimmy fails to show up to an important football game, it is Zoe who secretly brings father and son together.

Episode 9 The Birthday Party

Lily overcompensates when she organises a 16th birthday party for Reece. He’s never had a party before and Lily pulls out all stops, but when Mick is called away to a family emergency, the inevitable happens: gatecrashers swamp the house.

Episode 10 It's Not You

The dream draws closer for Zoe when she learns about an Australian Athletics Federation (AAF) high altitude training camp in Colorado, and for Levi when he learns that his grand final game will be watched by an AFL scout.

Episode 11 A Wonderful Day

A ‘boy’s day’ at the beach leads Dylan and Levi to get into trouble with the police, and Ava is introduced to a day of fame with her idol Ngaiire.

Episode 12 Stage Fright

It’s the lead up to Ava’s final showcase and her stage fright is causing her serious issues.

Episode 13 My Life

As the year closes, each housemate attempts to cling onto the dream they began with.


2016 Worldfest Remi Houston Awards (USA)
Bronze Remi - Children's Audience

2016 International Kids Emmy Award (France)
Nominated - Kids: Series

2016 Prix Jeunesse International Award (Germany)
Finalist - Fiction Category 11-15

2016 Screen Producers Australia (SPA) Award
Nominated - Children's Series Production

2016 TV Week Logie Awards
Winner - Most Outstanding Children's Program

2015 AWGIE Awards
Winner - Children's Category: C Classification

2015 AACTA Awards
Nominated - Best Children's Television Series

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