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Political Parodies

Satire

Political Parodies (The Lounge / Te Wāhi Noho) showing on a continuous 50 min loop

Originally screened on TV1 in NZ, the Australian comedy series The Games, won the Most Outstanding Comedy Program at the Australian Logie Awards of 2001. Written by John Clarke & Ross Stevenson, starring Clarke, his long-time collaborator Bryan Dawe, and Australian comedian Gina Riley, the series satirises corruption and cronyism in the Olympic movement, bureaucratic ineptness in the New South Wales public service, and unethical behaviour within politics and the media.

Winner of 1989 Listener Film and Television Awards Best Entertainment Programme, Public Eye features latex puppets based on drawings by cartoonist Trace Hodgson and built by a team led by future Weta FX figurehead, Richard Taylor. The first episode includes a boxing match between former finance minister Ruth Richardson and Winston Peters; Helen Clark's attempts to convince a bunch of labour party ministers to enforce a ban on pornography; and cricketer Richard Hadlee's failure to promote a life insurance company while being interviewed by Keith Quinn.