The latest series of a popular locally-produced comedy web series, High Road, has just been released online.
Season two of the series was funded from NZ On Air’s Digital Media Fund which noted that the comedy had achieved a strong online following from its first series.
The comedy tells the story of Terry Huffer, a burnt-out ex-Rocker who has setup a local radio station in Piha. Terry enthusiastically tries to promote his new local station and do good for the Piha community but ends up causing all sorts of hi-jinx and trouble.
Actors are a mix of well-known acclaimed New Zealanders and some fresh upcoming faces. Huffer is played by The Hobbit actor Mark Mitchinson, double New Zealand Film & TV Award-winner for his work in Bloodlines and Siege. Other familiar faces include Jennifer Ward-Lealand, who has appeared on films and television shows such as The Ugly and Shortland Street as well as the Australian comedy series Full Frontal, Luanne Gordon known for The Strip, King Kong and Stickmen and Dani Mason who has also worked on The Hobbit and starred in the black-comedy movie Black Sheep.
Justin Harwood, who played in indie bands The Chills, Luna and Tuatara in the 80s and 90s wrote and directed the series. “Eyeballs looking for innovative and edgy programmes are moving more and more online as shown by the success of Netflix and Hulu,” says Justin Harwood, “and the success of our first series showed there is a big appetite for some genuine Kiwi comedy.”
WATCH NOW: All 8 episodes can be viewed at highroadwebseries.com/season2 or watch on Web Series Channel: http://webserieschannel.co.nz/webseries/high-road/
Watch the TV3 interview with creator Justin Harwood: http://www.3news.co.nz/entertainment/nz-on-air-funds-web-series-high-road-2014111918