Taken from NZ Herald, by Lydia Jenkin.
Sticky-carpet pubs filled with rowdy drinkers, basly lit living rooms filled with inebriated party guests, sterile office dos with staff only there for the free beer - such is the glamorous life of a covers band. But the creators of a new local TV show thought it could be fodder for a comedy series.
It all started in 2007, when Johnny Barker's 48Hours
film competition team, called Lens Flare
, won the grand prize with a short musical comedy, Lease
, about three hapless musicians. With the prize money, Barker decided to shoot a trailer with his teammates Jared Kahi and Brendon Morrow for a TV series idea they had rattling around, and see if they could get anyone interested.
It was when The Down Low Concept
(Nigel McCulloch, Ryan Hutchings and Jarrod Holt, who also created 7 Days
) came on board that NZ On Air
also came to the party with some funding.
"With The Down Low Concept
's reputation, things finally worked out," Barker explains. "Initially I thought of it as a music-based drama, and now it's got that Down Low
stamp on it, it's taken a very quirky turn. They're great writers."
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