We are really lacking a smart and contemporary local comedy this year so this satire on the Prime Ministerial think tank sounds like just the ticket.
Hopefully it will do for politicking what Frontline did for current affairs.
Take a look at these cast shots of Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Neil Melville, Lachy Hulme, Stephen Hall, David James, Jacquie Brennan, Graeme Blundell, Rob Carlton and Nicola Parry.
The Hollowmen is a comedy / drama set in the offices of the Central Policy Unit, a special think tank personally set up by the Prime Minister to help him in the most important job of all – getting reelected.
Their brief is “long term vision”; to stop worrying about tomorrow’s headlines, and focus on next week’s. The series examines the rise of a new class in Canberra – that of the professional advisor. In the past it was politicians, guided by public servants, who made the decisions. Today they have “staffers”, dozens of paid advisors.
We don’t vote for them, we don’t even know their names, and we’re not quite sure what they do. But they wield enormous influence. They are very much the power behind the power. They are The Hollowmen.
A Working Dog Production.
Conceived, written and produced by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch. Director: Rob Sitch. Executive Producer: Michael Hirsh. Casting: Jane Kennedy. Production Designer: James Clark. Editor: Ian Carmichael.
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