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Published January 2nd 2013
A sweet Aussie web series with tasty bite-sized episodes
In Transit, an 8 episode web series created by Maddy Butler and Thulaisi Sivapalan, exploring the highs and lows of Matt, Marcus, Caesar and Arj. Four twenty-something, Generation Y guys just trying to make it through the glorious and undoubtedly traumatic phase from being a young adult with few responsibilities to trying to etch out a legitimate, sorted out, settled down, proper adult existence.
Yes, yes, we've heard it all before, Generation Y don't do enough of this and do too much of that, all the twenty-somethings of the world are lumped under all sorts of generalising labels which don't do anyone any favours. In Transit provides us with an insight into just how many paths and different approaches to life we have and should feel free to explore without judgement.
Caesar (John Gomez Goodway) and a young lady at the bus stop
In Transit revolves around the lives of 4 regular guys, carving out their lives in their own ways. Caesar (John Gomez Goodway) is a funny kind of guy, deciding to leave his cushy corporate career determined to follow his dream of becoming an actor. Throwing caution to the wind to risk it all and make it big, but only time will tell if he can pull it all together or will his laziness get in the way. His friend Arj (Thulaisi Sivapalan) on the other hand is very comfortable in the business world, cruising through life straight up the corporate ladder. He's mildly unlikeable with the seemingly careless decisions he makes in his personal life, but maybe the boundaries he pushes will one day flick back and smack some sense into him.
Someone with an abundance of sense and responsibility is Matt (Nicholas Richard). A sweet guy heading straight down the aisle and the socially acceptable path in life. He has a solid and respectable job, a home and a girlfriend of 6 years, his now fiancè Steph. While Matt is happy, it's clear the time has come for him to question his life and the choices he's made. Is this where he thought he would be, thinks he should be or is it in fact even where he does want to be. The final fellow in this quartet is Marcus (Alex Millwood), a charming young man with little direction and slim motivation. Things come easy to the free-loading Marcus, but when falls for a girl named Maya (Maddy Butler), a spanner is thrown in the works making it blindingly clear just how ill-prepared he is for real life.
Marcus (Alex Millwood) and Arj (Thulaisi Sivapalan) on a double date
The concept of the show isn't reinventing the wheel, but it's the actors and what they bring to the personalities of the characters that really counts and makes this a really enjoyable little tid-bid to watch. The acting is every bit as good as you can find anywhere else, the entire cast and crew wanted to be a part of this production not for money (of which there was none) but for the experience to grow as actors and crew alike and the chance to get the exposure they all deserve. The production quality doesn't make you feel as though you're watching anything short of a well produced, fully financed production. Another highlight is the soundtrack accompanying the series, catchy tunes and sweet melodies to keep you engaged and they really suit the style of the show. There's a little swearing, a touch of crude humour and all the other good things twenty-something males get up to, so not for the kiddies to watch, but it's well suitable for everyone else.
To find out more about the cast and crew you can check out the website where you'll find insights into their experiences with the series on their blog, as well as check out all the episodes created so far. The next season is expected to commence mid 2013.
The episodes are all under 10 minutes, so perfect for the time-poor and to take your mind off those tedious trips on the train. A short treat to enjoy at the end of the day when you get into bed too. It is simply a well made, well acted, easy to watch series. I really enjoyed the itty-bitty bite-sized episodes to snack on and am keen to see the next series begin this year.