PODLOVE is an innovative series of five documentaries for television and online release. The result of a partnership between the Australian Film Commission and SBS Independent, PODLOVE is complemented by a website that offers downloadable PODLOVE documentaries, humorous background into different PODLOVE relationships, and the ability to contribute and share personal stories inspired by the series.
Each episode of PODLOVE explores how contemporary communication technologies have impacted, whether for good or bad, on the way we conduct our relationships. In early 2006 the AFC and SBS Independent put out a call nationwide, for applications for the PODLOVE series. From more than 40 applications received, five projects were selected and produced.
From the intimate to the platonic to the perfunctory, PODLOVE explores the impact of digital communications on our relationships with friends, family, lovers and strangers. PODLOVE pushes the creative limits and technical parameters of digital technologies and hybrid content to produce challenging and compelling stories with a strong narrative and universal appeal. Each episode comes from five separate writer and director teams across Australia, the PODLOVE series will challenge and entertain.
Our Brilliant Second Life
Mon 5 Feb, 10:50pm
Blair started living in Second Life two years ago, and after a lot of hard work, is now one of it's hottest DJs. Diana joined a few months later when she discovered girls were offering Blair more than a dance. Virtual infidelity is rife and Diana wanted to keep a closer eye on him. She discovered she could pursue her dreams of being a fashion designer, creating skimpy outfits for uninhibited avatars. Our Brilliant Second Life explores the anomaly of two people who live together in the real world but choose to interact in a cyber realm. Taking a fast paced ride we visit an eye-popping virtual world, where Blair and Diana have found a unique way to fulfill their real life dreams.
I Love Like Blood
Sat 10 Feb, 10.50 pm
Sarah-Jane, AKA Ms Rouge, recounts her true tale of romantic intrigue in an animated comedy of errors about poetry, stalking, secret-admirers and love. She is elated when she finds an anonymous poem slipped under her door, for at the same time she is wooing a friend with love letters via text message, post and email. Could the stalkee and stalker be the very same person? Utilising a hybrid mix of analogue and digital animation, this mysterious comedy is narrated by Sarah-Jane and her four friends, and accompanied by a comedic soundtrack provided by avant garde rock act - Flamingo Crash.
Lost Without You
Mon 12 Feb, 10:50pm
They text faster than most people can type. They customise their mobiles the way their mothers customise their gardens, and when they go to sleep at night, their phones are tucked safely under their pillows. Becky, Brittany and Laura are barely in their teens but already mobile phones are as natural a part of their life as they are necessary and by their own admission, they'd be lost without them. Each day millions of girls just like them freely flirt, gossip, hate and share their most personal dreams and fears over SMS, even though they may lack the courage to make an actual phone call or say it face-to-face. Set amidst teen talent factories and the blissfully quiet streets of Sydney's western suburbs, Lost Without You explores this social phenomenon and asks whether mobile phones are connecting girls to the real world or removing them from it.
Sat 17 Feb, 11.30 pm
For an exile the internet is more than a mere resource, it is a lifeline to his or her homeland. For Maung Maung Aye, an ex-Burmese freedom fighter now living in Australia, it means even more - it is a portal into an intriguing world of online romance, animation and politics.
The 3G of Us
Mon 19 Feb, 10:50pm
The 3G of Us is an animated film based on the drawings and writing of Uma, a vibrant and technically savvy six year old. When she was three her parents split up but maintained contact using videophones, with Uma using the technology to take photos and videos, turning them into special mementos that she then emails on to family members. This technology has enhanced her self-awareness and helped her to make sense of her parent's break up, their renewed friendship and commitment to raising her together.