LOOK CLOSER INTO THE BURBS.
#BURBSTV is a web series about Wellington.
Each episode shares a secret story from a different suburb.
S01 included Mermaid-Tinder dates on the rocky shores of Owhiro Bay, avant-garde theatre at a flat in Newtown, an orgy in the depths of Seatoun, sleepwalking in Brooklyn and a turf war between two drag queens in Strathmore.
The second season covers four suburbs.
Aro Valley has a political edge. Set on the night of the 2017 General Election, it follows the lives of two middle class hippie couples, both with big secrets. Mt. Cook champions female storytelling (all female characters, female writers, and a female director). Rongotai, set over six years, is both our ‘San Junipero’ and the gay love story of our times (sorry Moonlight). Happy Valley reveals where witches in Wellington are born and bred.
We are part of the webseries cocktail known as BURBS. We believe in stories that are firmly rooted in the land they are told on. We want audiences to see, smell, and feel the place they grew up (or the home they miss, or the place it feels like they never left).
We are artists engaged in a variety of different pursuits, but always come back to wanting to make film sets that are both fulfilling and addictive. Despite a firm interest in our developing visual style, we know that the most important thing in our stories are the people, and aim to serve that throughout each process.
He aha te mea nui o te ao
He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
Laura Robinson, CEO
Laura is a born and bred (sort of lived in the states but she can barely remember it, the drugs were so good) Wellington writer and producer. She produced her first film Drop Down Globe alongside Stella and Orion. After graduating from the New Zealand Film and Television School in 2012, Laura was drawn to screenwriting and started writing BURBS.
Laura hates the phrase “Story teller,” please do not compare her to Lena Dunham... She believes there is no such thing as too much subtext, but please do not subtweet her or she’ll retweet it.
Stella Reid, Director
Stella is an inventive artist based in the cultural capital, and her beer drinking reflects that. She’s obsessed with making addictive processes for her collaborators. She wants them to feel excited to begin working with her, and energised out of it. Her practise involves creating and facilitating spaces where people can talk openly about their values and find ways to turn their experiences into stories. True stories are always stronger. You can see some of her influences and inspirations here on The Pantograph Punch.
Orion Holder-Monk, Director of Photography
From a young age Orion Holder-Monk has been involved in film-making. From childhood claymation through to post-apocalyptic high school shorts and now big budget films at Stone Street and Weta Digital. Orion focusses on infusing technical and emotional learning from every aspect of his life, and uses it to inform his filmmaking. He shoots stories with empathy that also pack a punch.
Rosie Remmerswaal, Production Designer
Rosie is known as an empowering force in creating characters in collaboration with performers. Her work adds richness through detail, and she deftly moves between spectacle and subtlety as the story requires. Rosie is also a prolific photographer, focussing on candid portraits of real characters around the world.
Since graduating in 2014 from Toi Whakaari; NZ Drama School with a Bachelor of Performance Design, Rosie has worked predominantly in the film industry. Recent credits include Daniel (SF, Candlelit Pictures), Drop Down Globe (SF) Mortal Engines (FF, Universal), A Wrinkle In Time (FF, Disney), Wanted 2 (TV), The Changeover (FF) and The Rehearsal (FF). Rosie has also lead projects as Production & Costume Designer on Pigs, written by Bruce Mason Award winner Eli Kent, Ana Scotney’s Dance of Lonely Birds and studied at E’cole Philippe Gaulier in Paris.
Drew Brice Ford