WELLING­TON PARA­NOR­MAL

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with FREYJA POSTLETHWAITE

TAIKA Waititi and Je­maine Cle­ment are comic ge­niuses and, whether you know it or not, you’ve most likely en­joyed their work. Their in­di­vid­ual and joint bod­ies of work in­clude the ef­fort­less com­edy in Thor: Rag­narok and the stupid hi­lar­ity in mock­u­men­tary film What We Do in the Shad­ows and in leg­endary se­ries Flight of the Con­cords. So it’s no sur­prise that, af­ter just watch­ing the teaser trailer of Welling­ton Para­nor­mal, I can­not wait to sink my teeth into it. We are be­ing blessed with a dou­ble episode pre­mier of the show and I have ev­ery faith that even that won’t be enough. The show is set to be a spin-off from What We Do in the Shad­ows, which fol­lowed the lives of vam­pires liv­ing in a share house to­gether. Po­lice of­fi­cers Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary, who were hyp­no­tised in a ridicu­lous scene in the film, are fea­tured in Welling­ton Para­nor­mal as mem­bers of a spe­cial po­lice para­nor­mal unit. They are un­der the watch­ful eye of Maaka Po­hatu and to­gether try to ad­dress the is­sue of a para­nor­mal crime epi­demic in Welling­ton. What We Do in the Shad­ows de­liv­ered more spit-wa­ter-out­y­our-nose laugh­ter mo­ments than I care to ad­mit, and - given the se­ries is born from the same wave­length of ideas - I’m ex­cited for more to come. I par­tic­u­larly en­joy the ded­i­ca­tion to the per­cep­tion of re­al­ity this mock­u­men­tary has promised, as it does pose the ques­tion of what an ac­tual para­nor­mal unit might re­ally look like. Granted, it’s prob­a­bly not some­thing that’ll ever hap­pen – I for one be­lieve in ghosts but as far as ev­i­dence goes, there’s not much – but it’s cer­tainly still some­thing in­ter­est­ing (and ridicu­lous) to think about. Ex­pect this to join the tele­vi­sion se­ries box-sets that sit on my book­shelf and get watched over and over.

◆ SPOOKS: Taika Waititi (pic­tured) and Je­maine Cle­ment’s most re­cent com­edy, Welling­ton Para­nor­mal, is a promis­ing watch.

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