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What Would Happen If the Cohen Brothers Went to New Zealand and Fell in Love With Classic Rock?
What happens when a low-level rock star packs it in and enters middle age? Apparently he moves to a tiny remote town in New Zealand called Piha and starts a community radio station. Or at least that’s what Terry Huffer does in a new web series called High Road. Played by English-born Kiwi actor Mark Mitchinson, Huffer is your typical burnt-out rocker. After his old band breaks up, and a messy divorce from his wife, he escapes to a remote settlement outside Auckland. His bumbling attempts to run a radio station are documented here in beautifully shot and wonderfully well-paced style.
Created, appropriately enough, by former rock bassist Justin Harwood, the show is best described as a comedy drama, not being 100% focused on the laughs. This is hardly a damning indictment though as every aspect of High Road is a joy to watch. The gorgeous landscapes of New Zealand’s north island are as much a character here as Terry Huffer. The supporting cast including a friendly broadcasting inspector, Huffer’s ex-wife and the woman he’s been stalking (played with sweary aplomb by Danielle Mason from Black Sheep) all provide sterling performances. The soundtrack of solid-gold classic rock carries the pace along nicely, as well as being great to listen to in general.