When eight singletons lives become intertwined, they discover the secrets to The Subtle Art of Flirting. Can you really find someone decent a laundromat? Is charging your trolley into someone else's considered flirting? What is the best pick up line to use at a funeral?

Amanda is a full-on party girl who can't understand why men won't stick around. Elijah's a gay man who thinks straights get all the happily ever afters. Gerard is a mamma's boy and virgin who just wants a girl to look at him. Isabella is a successful business woman who worries her biological clock has gone off too late. Foster and Anika have been dating so long they both know they have zero spark life. While man's man Thomas is happy to settle with Grace, she craves a man who'll really love her.

As their lives start to tangle, and they begin to date they start to learn more about themselves. Upon meeting Elijah, Foster begins to question his own sexuality. Meanwhile his ex-girlfriend Anika discovers she's tired of being meek. Thomas starts to realise he's the not big man he always believed, while Grace starts to wonder if she just needs some alone time. Meanwhile the unlucky in love Gerard discovers what it's like when two women fight for you, when both Amanda and Isabella declare their interest in him.

A heartwarming romantic comedy where love, sex and flirting all collide.

  • romantic comedy
  • 90
  • 8 total
  • 4 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult, young adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Female | 20s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 3

EXTRACT: There aren't any gay men in the room are there? I don't want to be killed or anything. Note to self, no Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Cher or Madonna jokes. Okay, time to get serious, or as serious as I can get. Hello, my name is Amanda and I'll be your host for the evening. That might not be my official job title, but I'm taking it anyway. No one else is out here, so they can all get stuffed.


Female | 30s | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 13

EXTRACT: Tick, tick, tick. Can you hear it? My biological clock, about time it kicked in. I haven't had an urge to settle down until now. It's been career, career, career. I kept thinking, "God, I'm gonna wanna settle down sooner or later. I'll think about it next year." And then the years flew by and I had no regrets, until now. Thirty something years old, you don't get to know the real age. And you start to think, what have I done with my life?

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