Trailer: NZ Idle webseries

Here is the trailer for the new webseries NZ Idle which is scheduled to launch in April

“I don’t 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 do?   

NZ Idle is a 6 part web series set for release in April 2014. The 4-7 minute episodes will be released online weekly at www.nzidle.com

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?

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 Twerk.

NZ Idle is Poor Sailors Arts Collective production

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