really like the term job-search. Or the term job. I'm on a life
search. I want a life."
Buckford Aquarius Muldoon (pronounced
Mull-June!), aka BAM, has a complex relationship with
unemployment. He is too busy to get a job.
Yet he, like all of
us, lives in a climate of fear, surveillance, and urgency. Benefit
reforms are being hurried through parliament with little concern
for sole-parents, the sick and the infirm, and other real people -
let alone artists. As with polar bears on the ice caps haunting
questions remain: Where will they go? What will they
NZ Idle is a 6 part
web series set for release in November 2013. The 4-7 minute
episodes will be released online weekly at www.nzidle.com (check out our
teaser clip at this address).
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
Together we'll explore
that age-old three-way: oneself, one's kindly social welfare
case-manager, and that other case-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, Ms Jacqui Millefée, and Mr Able
We'll also be
showcasing some of Wellington's real life 'creatives' throughout
We have a great team
of writers and actors involved in what we think will be an
insightful, and funny, web series. Our qualified film crew will be
shooting using high quality, industry standard equipment as we hope
to make a sitcom that stands up against other national and
international examples of this form.
We just need a little
bit of funding to hire some of this equipment when we need it.
We'll be putting a whole heap of our own money into this project -
but we can't afford to do it alone.
Thanks so much for considering donating
something to our project.
43 MONTHS AGO
We have finally got as far as putting out a trailer.
We couldn't have done it without you.
We are extremely greatful.
Here it is:
Episodes online on April 15 via our website:
¡Bring Back Buck!
50 MONTHS AGO
There are only two days left to help us get Buckford back on the small screens! Look at him, just look at him. Majestic. Come November you could be chuckling along with him in the privacy of your own bedroom. You could also be watching our web series with any luck.
Any help, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated. We are so close!
Poor Sailors Arts
51 MONTHS AGO
Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far!!