High Road’s first season was so widely acclaimed as “superb viewing,” NZ On Air’s Digital Media Fund came to the party to help fund series two, which is about to be launched online.
NZ On Air noted that the comedy had achieved a strong online following from its first series and you don’t have to go far to see where. Yahoo’s Tech Life noted how the web comedy offered “some great writing and a heap of quality acting from the likes of Mark Mitchinson , Danielle Mason and Andre King.”
“Terry’s well-meaning attempts to befriend neighbour Shona give us the cringe factor laughs and it’s all polished off with a cranking rock n roll soundtrack.”
Series two promises to take all this to an even higher level.
TV3 covered the premiere launch of High Road at its filming base of Piha on Auckland’s West Coast and devoted over three minutes of airtime with a portrait of the first series including interviews with the writer/producer Justin Harwood and leading actor Mark Mitchinson.
[pullquote cite=”Yahoo’s Teach Life” type=”left, right”]“Terry’s well-meaning attempts to befriend neighbour Shona give us the cringe factor laughs and it’s all polished off with a cranking rock n roll soundtrack.”[/pullquote]
NZ Herald’s often harsh entertainment critic Paul Casserly watched the first series online, declared it “an unexpected pleasure” and went on to wax lyrically about not just “ the cracking soundtrack and the top-notch cinematography” but the high standard of the acting.
“I was – as is often the case when people recommend a ‘web series’ – a little dubious when a friend suggested I watch it, but it easily sucked me in for the 6 short episodes, which I wolfed down in one sitting.”
On Web Series Channel – where High Road has an over 4 star rating out of 5 – the channel muses how sometimes when a man tries to do good, it goes bad and watching series one confirms how “it turns out life is always complicated”. Complicated? Series two completely redefines the word as Terry gets into even more hot water with his complicated life.
Despite the Kiwi culture embraced in the series, even the Americans recognised it as a great example of a web comedy series. In fact urban_grit put it up there with of one of American entertainment’s greatest by saying: “It’s been astutely described as: ‘If the Coen brothers went to New Zealand and fell in love with classic rock.’”
NZ On Air itself, in announcing the funding for the second series, listed it under a heading that this was an innovative project to excite and engage online audiences.” Since its establishment in 1989, the funding agency has seen it all so they would know a thing or two about innovation.
In the end, it’s the online audience – you and your friends – who make up your mind about what works and so far, episodes of High Road series one have been seen online by more than 40,000 views.
You can bet those people will be excited that it’s not long before they find out what Terry is up to next in the launch of the highly anticipated season two release.
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