Adventure Pictures in association with Greenstone TV release New Zealand’s newest dark comedy web series, The Video Store today (Monday 3 April) at noon via TVNZ On Demand. The entire seven-episode series will be a released as a box-set, ready to binge.
“We’re really excited to get the series out on such a supportive digital platform for locally made content,” said the show’s creator, Kermath. “I’m also very thankful for the time and effort that was gifted to this project by both cast and crew, combined with the generous support from our friends at Greenstone TV who involved us with Department of Post and Native Audio. Without them, this web series could never have been made as we had no external funding.”
The online series features an eclectic cast of New Zealand creatives, and cameos including Keisha Castle-Hughes, David Farrier, Fleur Saville, Daniel Rutledge, Yvette Parsons, Natalie Medlock, Nic Sampson, Chris Parker and many more.
The show was made in memory of Video Ezy Ponsonby, Auckland, which closed in 2014. “We wanted to celebrate video stores before they are gone forever,” said writer/director Thomas Sainsbury (Pork Pie). “But it is also a location ripe for office politics, small business satire and slacker comedy.”
The Video Store was recently nominated for five awards at this year’s LA Webfest. The nominations included Outstanding Cinematography (Nick Burridge, Jonathan Guest, Department of Post), Outstanding Director (Thomas Sainsbury), Outstanding Sound Design (Native Audio, Kermath, Thomas Asche) Outstanding Leading Actress (Yvette Parsons) and Outstanding Support Actress (Imogen Peek-Swaney).
Shot by Halcyon Digital on the same Red Dragon camera system used to film the aerial shots of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Video Store is also New Zealand’s first 4K web series. Following its TVNZOD release, the show will be released YouTube and Vimeo later on.