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The Hothouse - First Episode

Television (Full Length Episode) – 2007


Created by David Brechin-Smith (The Insiders Guide to Happiness), TV drama The Hothouse explores good times, bad decisions, and the line between right and wrong. This first episode introduces the show's flatmates — three cops, a lawyer, and the new arrival: Levi (Qantas Award nominee Kip Chapman), a cocky drug dealer for whom rules are to be broken. Levi leads Daniel (Ryan O'Kane) to a strip club, and Daniel wonders if he can live with a girlfriend whose work involves helping the criminals he has to deal with in his job. Nathan Price won a Qantas TV award for his direction on the series.  

Beneath the antics there is something chillingly convincing about the series' high-achieving but morally and emotionally flailing twenty-something professionals ... you can almost hear the distant rumbling of truckloads of karma heading their way. That, plus some great acting, sly humour and excellent direction, makes The Hothouse up there with Outrageous Fortune when it comes to hopeful signs of vitality and originality in local television drama.
– Diana Wichtel on The Hothouse, The Listener, 17 March 2007


Made with funding from NZ On Air


Features 'Naughty Holidays' written by Connan Hosford, and performed by Connan and the Moccasins

'Slav to the Rhythm', written by Luke Buda and Sam Scott, and performed by Luke Buda

'Sauerkraut Bossa', written by Luke Buda, Sam Scott and Sarah Parton, and performed by Luke Buda

'King Kong', composed by Buzz Moller and Mac MacCaskill) and performed by Voom