Set in Wellington, Choice is a pick-a-path live-action mini-series that follows teenage boy Xavier through his many encounters with drugs as he nears the end of secondary school. At the end of each short episode, you'll pick what happens next by making a choice for Xavier that plays out uniquely in the next episode.
Produced by senior students of Toi Rauwhārangi, Massey University's College of Creative Arts; Choice puts you the viewer in both the Director's chair and in the shoes of Xavier. You will need to weigh the facts and support Xavier as he prepares to leave secondary school - not once but time and again. Watch the stakes change as different outcomes unfold.
Aside from innovatively ensuring drug-use decisions are the focus, the series also weaves in the issues surrounding any decision to use or not use drugs. This includes the impacy of peer pressure, the Country's evolving views on cannabis, how to be safer if drugs are used, and knowing what to do should problems occur.
The point of the project is harm reduction for young people says Director Ashleigh Pearson.
"We wanted to get teenagers thinking about drugs and talking about them rather than just doing them in secret," says Ashleigh.
The crew were third and final-year students for the Bachelor of Creative Media Production at Massey's College of Creative Arts, among New Zealand's leading art and design schools.
NZ Drug Foundation extends thanks to everyone involved.
"To make something that is innovative and entertaining is one thing, but to also offer viewers a dry-run through making decisions they will almost certainly make in real life is important to New Zealand too. We are hugely appreciative and thank Toi Rauwhārangi for offering both the young people and us this opportunity," says Programmes Manager Nathan Brown
Choice is being promoted via social media over the holiday period.
Oscar Weir - Xavier
Baxter Gray - Jackson
Nadya Macey - Molly
Carrie Thiel - Claire
Andrew Smith - Floyd
Heather Weir - School Counsellor
Grant Beban - Uncle Barry
Charlotte Simpson - April
Honor Isaac - Little Sister
Aidan Malcolm - Eddie
Harry Trainor - Charlie
Bill Scott - Mr Jones
Ashleigh Pearson - Director, Writer, Editor
Laura Winstone - Producer
Courtney Batchelor - Director of Photography, Editor, Colorist
Georgia Rathbone - Assistant Producer
Chris Hil - Assistant Producer, Editor, Sound Recordist
Nathalia Luna - Editor
Shirley Jia Zixuan - Editor
Conna Greenem - Camera Assistant
Jacob Waipara - Camera Assistant
David Button - Sound Recordist
Megan Baldock - Sound Recordist
Robbie Mulligan - Composer
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