Love on the road to Welling­ton air­port

Upper Hutt Leader - - FRONT PAGE - ELEANOR WENMAN

Life in the sub­urbs isn’t al­ways about white picket fences.

A web se­ries from Welling­ton cre­ator Laura Robin­son, BURBS, looks at the city’s dif­fer­ent sub­urbs and the sto­ries that play out in day-to-day life.

Hutt ac­tor Jonathan Mor­gan starred in sea­son two of the se­ries, op­po­site Co­nan Hayes. Their episode, called Ron­go­tai, tells a love story set over six years as the char­ac­ters travel to and from the air­port.

‘‘What I liked about the char­ac­ter was he’s so sim­i­lar to my­self. For him, I got to use my own voice and nor­mally, I have to lower it when act­ing. It was nice to be free and not have to worry about that,’’ Mor­gan said.

The gay love story was shot over one week­end in Septem­ber and the fi­nal prod­uct up­loaded to Youtube mid-Oc­to­ber.

‘‘It’s re­ally dif­fer­ent from any­thing else,’’ Mor­gan said.

Also in­cluded in the sec­ond sea­son of the BURBS project were Aro Val­ley, Happy Val­ley and Mount Cook.

Mor­gan said the se­ries worked as an ad­ver­tise­ment for dif­fer­ent sub­urbs and peo­ple got a kick out of see­ing their home­town shared on screen.

‘‘The whole world can see it,’’ Mor­gan said.

Cre­at­ing the 15 minute Ron­go­tai film wasn’t with­out its chal­lenges, how­ever.

The cast filmed the fi­nal scenes inside Welling­ton Air­port and had to jug­gle their takes be­tween the nor­mal hus­tle and bus­tle of the air­port.

Mor­gan had to work around a lit­tle kid run­ning into shots and had to dodge suit­cases on the ground as he ran through the space.

‘‘The thing is, you can’t con­trol ev­ery­thing in a pub­lic space.’’

The ac­tor grew up in Up­per Hutt and said he would love to see an­other sea­son of BURBS ex­pand­ing out in that di­rec­tion.

‘‘I think they need to branch out into the Hutt Val­ley. I would love to do an episode about Up­per Hutt or Sil­ver­stream, around where I grew up. I’m even will­ing to help write it!’’

For him, Up­per Hutt’s set­ting would make it the per­fect place to film in.

‘‘The Hutt is so beau­ti­ful and you can imag­ine the scenery you can use in open­ing shots.’’

Watch Ron­go­tai and the rest of the sea­son through the BURBS Youtube chan­nel.

Hutt ac­tor Jonathan Mor­gan, left, starred in sea­son two of the BURBS web­series op­po­site Co­nan Hayes.

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