This film records the devising of a “work in progress” by theatre director Ashley Thorndyke (Jason Hoyte). The concept — by Duncan Sarkies (Two Little Boys, Scarfies) — mocks the gamut of thesp and drama school cliches: from ‘wanky’ director to wacky warm-up exercises (animal impersonations, primal screams, Love Boat theme song). Peter Burger, fresh out of Broadcasting School, co-directs, and the willing cast is drawn from the 90s Wellington theatre scene orbiting around Bats and Victoria University. Future Conchord Jemaine Clement memorably learns to get loose.
Ant Timpson’s longtime love affair with film — especially the wild and 'incredibly strange' end of the spectrum — has seen him launch long-running film festivals, exhibition companies, and New Zealand’s biggest film-making competition: 48 Hours. He has also been part of the producing team on a run of features, from Housebound to How to Meet Girls from a Distance.