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Jessica Hansell (aka Coco Solid)

Writer, Musician

Jessica Hansell (aka Coco Solid) has many strings to her creative bow — artist, musician, writer, director and actor. The Aucklander is the creator of comic and animated series Aroha Bridge, a writer on Wellington Paranormal and a globetrotting rapper. The part Māori, Samoan and German creative has also acted in episodes of Aroha Bridge, which follows a suburban hip hop band. Along with Carthew Neal, she directed 2014 documentary Heaven's Gate, about transgender Pacific culture in South Auckland. In 2018 Hansell was awarded the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer's Residency in Hawaii.  

I feel with the critical increased demand for more marginalised, more diverse writers, you get characters and archetypes moving away from the tired, tumble-dried racist s**t to actual real examples that resonate with people: the sporty, butch aunty with mana to burn; the militant activist uncle; the internalised assimilated dad. I think why [Aroha Bridge] found its audience was that I didn’t want to insult anyone and recycle. I wanted to mine parts of our actual experience, and people show love when you do that. Jessica Hansell in a Guardian interview, 2 April 2018

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Interview

Jessica Hansell - Funny As Interview

Interview, 2019

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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy

2019, Subject - Television

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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy (series promo)

2019, Subject - Television

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Wellington Paranormal

2018 - 2020, Storyliner, Writer - Television

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Only in Aotearoa - First Episode

2017, As: Various roles, Writer - Television

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Only in Aotearoa

2015 - 2017, Writer - Television

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Aroha Bridge

2013 - 2019, Creator, Director, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 01, Benny's 21st (First Episode)

Aroha Bridge - 01, Benny's 21st (First Episode)

2013, Creator, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 02, Real Job (Series One, Episode Two)

Aroha Bridge - 02, Real Job (Series One, Episode Two)

2013, Creator, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 03, Kiri the Krazy (Series One, Episode Three)

Aroha Bridge - 03, Kiri the Krazy (Series One, Episode Three)

2013, Creator, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 04, Art to Art (Series One, Episode Four)

Aroha Bridge - 04, Art to Art (Series One, Episode Four)

2013, Creator, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 05, Amcray (Series One, Episode Five)

Aroha Bridge - 05, Amcray (Series One, Episode Five)

2013, Creator, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 06, Aroha Bridge Factor (Series One, Episode Six)

Aroha Bridge - 06, Aroha Bridge Factor (Series One, Episode Six)

2013, Creator, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 07, Triple Threat (Series One, Episode Seven)

Aroha Bridge - 07, Triple Threat (Series One, Episode Seven)

2013, Creator, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 08, Space Invasion (Series One, Episode Eight)

Aroha Bridge - 08, Space Invasion (Series One, Episode Eight)

2013, Creator, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 09, MeTube (Series One, Episode Nine)

Aroha Bridge - 09, MeTube (Series One, Episode Nine)

2013, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai, Creator - Web

Thumbnail image for Aroha Bridge - 10, Halloween (Series One, Episode 10)

Aroha Bridge - 10, Halloween (Series One, Episode 10)

2013, Creator, Writer, Composer, As: Kōwhai - Web