The Insiders Guide to Happiness is not a 'cops or docs' show, but a quirky, contemporary urban television drama with strong, believable and distinctly Kiwi characters. 'The Insiders Guide to Happiness' is a series based around a diverse group of people whose lives become inextricably inter-linked. It has young, modern authentic characters and story-lines based around their urban world.
The series looks at life, love and above all, the every-day pursuit of happiness. It uses an exciting mix of modern storytelling techniques, including time-jumps, voice over narration and multiple storylines.
We follow the lives of eight individuals each on their own separate journey. Their narratives at first appear disconnected from each other but set off by one spectacular inciting incident (an ambulance crash) their stories increasingly inter-weave and intersect as each character influences the others' fates. 'The Insiders Guide to Happiness' explores concepts as diverse as chaos theory, reincarnation, love, death and the after-life.
Each of the 13 episodes is also a chapter in the book The Insiders Guide to Happiness which forms the throughline of the series, and each of the episodes begins by posing a question about how best to achieve happiness. The series' musings on happiness, life, death and of course love, are a very quirky 21st century mix of modern life views.
Check out The Insiders Guide to Happiness at NZ On Screen.
New Zealand Screen Awards - seven awards including Best Drama Series - 2005.
Production Year: 2004
Category: Adult Drama
Description: 13 x 1 hour
Outline: The series follows the lives of eight individuals each on their own separate journey. In one spectacular inciting incident their stories increasingly inter-weave and intersect as each character influences the others' fates.