Go South, a 12-hour ‘slow television’ journey of New Zealand, is by all accounts a television epic. Series producer Spencer Stoner says they captured a whopping 320 hours of film for the show. According to Stoner, it’s experimental programming which he hopes will change the way we think about television.
For those new to “slow television”, it’s an emerging genre of broadcasting which features long, near real-time displays. There’s no hook nor dialogue. There are, normally, no actors. Spencer says slow television aims to be “meditative” and “hypnotic”, rather than dramatic and exciting.
“We wanted it to be an open book for people to engage with, that’s why there’s no interviews and no music,” Spencer says.
Following on from the success of slow television series offshore, Go South takes viewers from Auckland to Milford Sound. Go South takes viewers on a road, rail and sea trip from the Strand Railway Station in Auckland City, to the Tasman Sea just out of Milford Sound.
While that may, at first, sound like a dull watch Spencer claims preview audiences have become “hooked after the first few seconds”.
* Go South is on from 1:30am on Sunday, January 20. The shorter, three-hour version starts 9.30pm on Saturday, January 19 on Prime.
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