This time last year, most of the first season of New Zealand’s very first Lesbian web series. Now it’s hoping to come back for Season 2, but needs your help to do so. The makers have launched a crowdfunding campaign on Boosted, in the hope of raising $(NZ)16,500.
The series already has some funding NZ On Air’s Digital Fund. This has been bolstered by contributions from Wellington City Council’s Arts and Culture Fund and key sponsor Hell Pizza. But it needs the help of fans to top that up, with the hope of shooting starting in August.
Set in Wellington, New Zealand, Pot Luck Season 1 introduced the world to the lives of Mel, (Nikki Si’ulepa), Debs (Anji Kreft) and Beth, (Tess Jamieson-Karaha), three lesbian characters in their 30s and 40s. The universal themes of friendship, family and finding love have been positively received by a broad audience both in New Zealand and overseas, with the majority of viewers based in the United States.
Ness Simons, the writer and director, is looking forward to sharing the next stage of Mel, Debs and Beth’s friendship and romantic lives in season two, which picks up a few months after Season 1 finishes. She says, “The past few years have seen some great steps in terms of queer characters on screen but portrayals are still limited, and while there’s increasing mainstream acceptance of lesbians in shows such as Wentworth and Orange is the New Black, these characters are in jail and don’t really represent the everyday lesbian experience.”
Season 1 has had over two million views online, and has screened at festivals including UKWebFest, DubWebFest (Dublin), NZWebFest, LA based OutWebFest, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Web Series Festival Global. It was a finalist in the LGBT categories at DubWebFest and the NZWebFest. Pot Luck recently swept the pool in the Rome Web Awards, winning 10 Merit awards in the LGBT category, which has led to 9 nominations in their Excellence Awards, to be announced very soon.