About NZ Idle:
The series is a comic take on the prevailing attitudes toward the unemployed and those of them who engage in independent creative pursuits. ‘Beneficiary Bashing’ and the impacts of recent benefit reforms are of course deadly serious issues. All too often, in a short cut to thinking, all beneficiaries are negatively stereotyped as lazy, unmotivated, underserving etc. NZ Idle aims to – albeit in a relatively lighthearted fashion – deconstruct this kind of carry on by reprising the character of the kiwi battler-dag-Maui, a Good Keen Person, and recasting them as a creative type on the dole in 2013. A fairly natural fit don’t you reckon?
News and Reviews:
Beginning the Job Search
Welcome to LOSE (Labour Office of Sustainable Employment) and benefit reformer Able Twerk’s 6 week ‘Get a Job Already Seminar’. LOSE wasn’t getting results and he doesn’t leave without them.
Time Management Skills
At the prompting of his LOSE case-manager, Jacqui, Buckford Aquarius Muldoon (BAM) has had an epiphany: he is far too busy to get a job.
‘Compelled to Work!’ Scheme
It’s like doing voluntary work for your country, except it’s involuntary. Timothy Blackman wants BAM to MC at the Home Alone Music show but Able has other ideas, Bingo calling ideas…
To get the Enterprise Allowance you need an ironclad, kiddie locked, solid business plan. Does BAM have what it takes to impress Able and become his own boss?
Employability & Attitude
BAM and Able find themselves having to role-play at a benefit reforms discussion. Who will be case manager? Who will be client?
Transitioning to Work
BAM gets to test out his interview skills after Able forces him to attend an appointment at a recruitment company. Will BAM give up on his art dream and enter the workforce?
Louis Tait as BAM
Aidan Grealish as Able Twerk
Emily Keddell as Jacqui
Wrtiers, Directors, Producers: Linsell Richards and Lake McKenna