Sunday, July 20, 2008

Once Bitten…when love comes with baggage

Are you in a second-time round (or third or more) relationship?
Circe Films and Caravan Productions in association with SBS Television (Australia), Maori Television Services (New Zealand), Film Finance Corporation and New Zealand On Air are looking for people to tell their stories in a new benchmark documentary series called Once Bitten.

This two-part series will tell the personal stories of couples and families as they negotiate the social, cultural and familial complexities of love the second-time around.

We want to show the realities of love today: dealing with ex’s, blended and
Step families, mixed marriages, the issues of culture, religion and much more.

This will be an important record of a contemporary social phenomenon.

Do you have an interesting second-time round story?

• Are there more kids in your house some weekends than a football team? Is moving to a larger house not financially possible? Are there differences in how the kids should be brought up?
• Have you broken away from tradition and expectations the second time? Is yours a cross-cultural relationship? Have you chosen a more traditional path this time round?
• Are you questioning whether it is all worth it – the kids, the ex, the extended family? Are you older and supposedly wiser – but things are still complicated – your partner is ill, the older kids don’t want to talk, you’re thinking about counselling?

We are especially interested in couples and families with an event coming up, e.g. moving in together, getting married, having a baby, moving house. People also must be available to us for Christmas, Chanukah, or a special cultural celebration.

We want to represent stories from the wider community, reflect the issues of family life in your culture – or the challenges of a cross-cultural relationship and family.

If you believe that sharing your story – the joys, the complications, the pitfalls, the lessons learned – will give others an insight into family life today then we want to hear from you.

Filming will commence August 2008, so if you have a story that should be told please send an expression of interest to Circe Films or call 03 95258486 for more information.

Please note: This is a documentary series that explores a point in our social history. It is not a reality series and no prizes or inducements are offered for any selected participants.

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