NZ Idle is a six part web series made in Wellington on a shoe string budget by the Poor Sailors Arts Collective.
NZ Idle aims to reprise the character of the kiwi battler/dag, someone both Good and Keen, and recast them as, BAM, a creative type on the dole in 2013. Together we’ll explore that age-old three-way: oneself, one’s kindly social welfare case-manager, and the reform-bent middle-manager who, due to misplaced jealousy and a thinly veiled distaste for beneficiaries, is determined to thwart one’s every move towards artistic self-actualisation. In this case: BAM, Jacqui , and Mr Able Twerk.
NZ Web Series Channel talked to Linsell Richards and Lake McKenna – the Writers, Directors, Producers of the show.
What was the inspiration for the show?
The show was an exploration of an idea that Lake had years ago about a guy that was on the dole, but was really busy and well-liked. The show is inspired by real life events, people, and certain policy. Both Lin and Lake have both experienced being on the dole. It’s not fun, but it can be funny.
What will audiences love about NZ Idle?
We think that people from both sides of the employment line could enjoy this series. Most likely people will like different things depending on their political leanings and sense of humour. We hope that most people will like the main character BAM – Louis Tait (who plays BAM) brought a real affability to the character – and have a laugh. It’s pretty absurd at times.
Three episodes are out – when will the following three be released?
Episode 4 will be out next Wednesday the 23rd of April. Episode 5 will be out on Tuesday the 29th and final episode will be out on the 1st of May.
Will there be a season two?
Never say never.
How long have you been working on the web series?
We began the journey in March 2013. We had ambitiously planned for it to be released in November 2013. We learnt a lot on this journey.
What’s been the highlight of creating the web series so far?
The filming process was both intensely stressful and a hilariously nice time, especially given we were a relatively small team. A lot of uncontrollable laughter and some uncontrollable admonishments. Also Staglands Wildlife Reserve named a new born lamb after BAM.
You’ve created the series on a shoe string budget; did you get any funding help?
We crowdfunded $1600 through Boosted that we used to hire lights and sound gear. Then we put in about that amount again from our own pockets. We are extremely grateful to everyone who gave their time for free and who lent us their space for free. We were continuously surprised and humbled by people’s willingness to help.
What’s next for NZ Idle and Poor Sailors Arts Collective?
We have begun work on a couple of projects. One is another web series inspired by current events that we plan to write very soon. One is a more long-term project that will be animated.
Why do you think the web series format rocks?
Web series’ are great! You can sneak one in while you wait for your cheese on toast to cook. They are also ideal for people like us with no money and big ideas.
Anything else you might want to add?
Thanks for starting the Web Series Channel it’s a great idea and very timely!