The First 24 hours Of Your Death Is The Busiest Day Of Your Life

Afterlife will take the audience on an incredible journey to discover what happens in the first 24 hours of sudden or unexpected death.

With exclusive access to the Victorian Coroners Court and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, co-hosted by Meshel Laurie and Catherine Mc Clements and featuring some of Australia’s most renowned forensic and coronial talent, the web series Afterlife will provide an insight into a scene rarely seen but one about which there is constant speculation and intrigue.

In a world where the public has an insatiable appetite for all things forensic, Afterlife will demystify ‘the city morgue’ tag, blow the lid off the ‘CSI Effect’ and put you in the witness box.

  • Deb Withers
  • Deb Withers
    Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Australia's Got Talent, The Singing Bee, Wine Me, Dine Me
  • Deb Withers
    Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Australia's Got Talent, The Singing Bee, Ned's Head, Wine Me, Dine Me
  • Meshel Laurie
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    "Meshel Laurie"
  • Catherine McClements
    Key Cast
    "Catherine McClements"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 58 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 AUD
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Director Biography - Deb Withers

Deb Withers has compared beaded shoes with Elton John, interviewed an exorcist at the Vatican, convinced Shane Warne to wear a bear suit and produced Eddie McGuire in the first ever live-to-air interactive production of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. She loves a challenge.

In a career that spans most areas of the media, Deb has written for many major Australian daily newspapers and magazines, including The Age, Herald Sun, OK!, New Idea and Woman’s Day, produced much commercial television and is 15,000 words into a novel for Penguin Publishing.

She studied psychology and media studies at university and there are no prizes for guessing which skills she employs the most.

After her days as a journalist and editor Deb ran a successful boutique publicity consultancy for many years and handled clients such as Coles Myer, City of Melbourne, CBS TV, ABC TV, Liberty and Beyond Productions, St Kilda Football Club, Queenscliff Music Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Qantas, far too many actors, comedians and musicians, Red Nose Day, The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, The Australian Writers Guild and The Australian Screen Directors Association, to name just a handful.

Her recent television credits include: Executive Producer and Director of the web series Afterlife, Co-Producer on Ned’s Head, Music Producer on Australia’s Got Talent, Producer on Taken Out, Senior Producer on The Celebrity Singing Bee, Senior Producer on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Producer on The Kings of Comedy, Music Producer on The Singing Bee, Supervising Producer on Wine Me, Dine Me, Talent Producer on Bert Newton’s Family Feud Friday Night AllStars and Producer on The Great Weight Debate and The Logies.

Deb also produced The Devil Inside, a documentary that has international distribution.

And just for a change of pace she’s media advisor to the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and has a little black book to die for.

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Director Statement

Wrangling a group of scientists and lawyers was very different from the career I've had with rock stars and game show hosts.

But it was an enlightening, engaging, entertaining and educational experience.

It was a far greater project than anticipated as frankly it grew like Topsy.

Talent like this is hard to reign in. Everything that comes out of their mouths is fascinating. Interestingly the number of episodes was five but we ended up with 11!