In 2011, an indie comedy film wowed audiences and judges at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival of that year. This was “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank” by writer-producer Chris Martinez and director Marlon Rivera. It starred Eugene Domingo as herself, being cast as lead by a trio of indie filmmakers hell-bent on making a little production that can win big awards. The Cinemalaya success of “Septic Tank” led to a wider release by Star Cinema, plus becoming the Philippine entry for Best Foreign-Language Film at the 2011 Oscars. Years after the splash it made, and a 2016 sequel from Quantum Films, a follow-up comes in the form of a series.
ABS-CBN News tells us that iWant will be hosting “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 3,” a miniseries sequel to the two “Septic Tank” films of 2011 and 2016. The production posse of the originals return along with their lead star (both in and out of universe) Eugene Domingo, who will get a third kick out of portraying a diva actress version of her real-life self while also playing the main character of the fictitious movie in the story. This time, the genre shifts from art-house indie and rom-com to historical.
That is because this time around the “movie within the series” that Domingo’s fictionalized counterpart will be starring in is called “The Real Untold Story of Josephine Bracken,” which is also the subtitle for the “Septic Tank 3” series. To paraphrase the hysterical trailer above, Domingo is playing Domingo portraying Josephine Bracken. And in a shout-out to “Septic Tank 2” there will also be a leading man in the spotlight. Tony Labrusca will be playing Tony Labrusca who has been cast in the film as “Hunk Jose Rizal,” as if we need any other hint that this show will be all laughs and pointy satires of the Philippine movie industry.
“A sequel that is also a series? Do you even want that? It’s just a suggestion. But you’ve heard it right!” goes the hilarious voiceover for this initial trailer of “Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 3: The Real Untold Story of Josephine Bracken.” Subscribers of ABS-CBN’s iWant streaming are guaranteed laugh out loud at the surreal yet somewhat real absurdity hat will go on in the series about making a movie with Eugene Domingo. They can find out just how exactly that will go when “Septic Tank 3” the series begins streaming this July 17.
Image from iWant YouTube channel