Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 

Newer storytellers lead the dramatic line-up for 2020

6 December 2019

Three engrossing new series from talented newer storytellers are set to capture Aotearoa’s attention in 2020, after winning funding in NZ On Air’s final round of 2019.

Two millennial sisters who inherit a funeral home from their koro are at the heart of a new comedy series Good Grief. Set in small town New Zealand, sisters Ellie and Gwen Goode must stare death in the face each day, forcing them to confront the realities of their own life and what they want to make of it.

Featuring the “greatest and most irrationally confident comedy trio of all time” Frickin Dangerous Bro On The Road sees rising stars Jamaine Ross, James Roque and Pax Assadi visiting provincial towns and exploring what makes each town unique. Each episode will feature local celebrities and clips from live comedy shows performed in each town.

After centuries of slumber, the aitu (spirits) have awoken. Aitu is a contemporary horror series based on supernatural legends from the Pacific islands. The chilling tales will have first play on Prime before being released as individual webisodes on thecoconet.tv

“We’re incredibly excited to see three such creative projects led by newer storytellers on the slate for 2020. It’s heartening to see newer talents winning support for fresh story approaches as we head into a new decade,” said NZ On Air Chief Executive Jane Wrightson.

“NZ On Air’s strategy for Scripted content specifically includes finding and encouraging newer storytellers, and we are delighted to see this approach producing results,” she continued.

Funding Details

Aitu, 1 x 60 mins, Tikilounge Productions for Prime, up to $660,000

Frickin Dangerous Bro On The Road, 8 x 12 mins, Kevin & Co for TVNZ OnDemand, up to $434,612

Good Grief, 6 x 10 mins, Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions for TVNZ OnDemand, up to $500,000

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Benjamin Ree's The Painter and The Thief

The Norwegian filmmaker had long been fascinated by art thieves who commit high-stakes crimes with a delicate touch when a chance Google search in 2015 uncovered a botched heist in Oslo. More>>


Howard Davis: Anna Coddington Beams

Anna Coddington's thin, wispy vocals fit her songs beautifully, providing a wonderful lilting quality that pervades her latest album, producing instant ear worms. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

Howard Davis: Byrneing Down the House - Spike Lee's American Utopia

Lee does an admirable job capturing Byrne's stunning live performance of his latest album, but the real star of the show is the staging. More>>


Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Friend Ship Tour Docks in Wellington

A sense of local pride was certainly running high at the Opera House on Saturday night, as the lads ran through a tasty little set drawn mostly from their latest album Friend Ship (splash out for Xmas on the shocking pink extra-thick vinyl edition). More>>


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland