2013 Big Brother contestants, Tim Dormer and Ben Zabel, star in a new online series The Graceland Happiness Project, created by comedy producers Princess Pictures through a crowd-funding campaign. The project was born when Tim won Big Brother, promising to take his friend to the home of his childhood idol – Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
Late last year Ben’s ongoing struggle with depression was made public after an attempted suicide. What began as a holiday turned into a rescue mission to help Ben find a new lease on life. Will this trip turn Ben’s life around? Is finding happiness that simple?
The ten part series follows Tim and Ben’s journey to Memphis in the search for happiness, exploring everything from celebrity to civil rights, religion, music history and most importantly the power of friendship. Tim challenges Ben in the hope that he discovers something worth living for. From senior citizen bingo to becoming rock stars (recording a single in the studio where Elvis was made famous) the pair even made American news after meeting Presley’s high profile daughter, Lisa Marie.
The Graceland Happiness Project explores the complexity of not only having depression but also being the friend of someone who is suffering from mental illness. This discussion couldn’t be more relevant as suicide is now the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44.
As they tick off Ben’s bucket list the stakes are high – will they find what they are looking for? With an extreme contrast in personalities, Tim and Ben have their own ideas on how to solve this problem. Their authentic raw chemistry provides genuinely heart-warming moments of friendship – equal amounts of tears and laughs.