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Love Mussel

Television (Excerpts) – 2001

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A TV network hires actor Kevin Smith to front a documentary about a town divided by an unusual discovery. Gooey Duck — a shellfish with reputed aphrodisiac qualities — has appeared off Ureroa. The quota is owned by a local couple but the rest of the town, big business, the government and the local iwi all have their own ideas. Smith's involvement gets complicated when he innocently consumes the mollusk while watching Prime Minister Jenny Shipley on TV. Writer Stephen Sinclair (Russian Snark) satirises television, celebrity, gender, politics, small town New Zealand and penises.

Love Mussel turned out to be a rare thing — local satirical comedy that was both comic and satirical. ... as a comedian he [Kevin Smith] put his Me Tarzan good looks to even better use. Thanks to him, a lively script and deft directing, Love Mussel was a good, honest laugh.
– Listener reviewer Diana Wichtel, 4 August 2001, page 77

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Acknowledgements

This programme was made with funding from NZ On Air, in partnership with the NZ Film Commission and in association with TV3

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