The Eggplant returns via Motion Sickness

New Zealand’s favourite vegetable-based drama-crime-comedy-online-web-series is back with a new one-off special episode, this time tackling misinformation.

Misinformation online can be camouflaged, making it hard to tell what’s real, and what isn’t. This is a big issue for our rangatahi, especially with the country being in lockdown and young people spending more time online as a result.

The episode is part of The Eggplant online mini-series, written specifically to help 13-18 year olds navigate the harms and issues they encounter online. 

Motion Sickness Executive Creative Director, Sam Stuchbury, says: “With everything that’s been happening in New Zealand recently, this episode, and the subjects it tackles, feel incredibly timely. We’re so pleased with how the initial release of The Eggplant performed, and we’re hoping to keep up that momentum. Aside from the millions of views, the series has received an 8.7 on IMDB. Shortland Street has a 4.8, so we’ll take that.”

The new episode launches on TVNZ OnDemand and YouTube. The original cast returns, including Principal Morris played by national treasure Karen O’Leary, along with some new cast members including Joe Damond, Jack Tame and Justine Smith. 

In this episode, a conspiracy theory is brewing at Hilltop High, and the school tries to find out ‘the truth’ behind the giant papier mache eggplant on the rugby pitch.


Agency – Motion Sickness

Client – Department Of Internal Affairs / The New Zealand Government

Directed by – Sam Stuchbury

Written By – Will Macdonald, Jolin Lee, Sam Stuchbury, Alex McManus, Hilary Ngan-Kee

Produced by – Joseph McAlpine

Director of Photography – Alexander Glucina

Art Director – Anna Maxwell

Editors – Jolin Lee,  Pete Hansen

First Assistant Director – Chris Short

Production Coordinator – Alex Schofield

Script Supervisor – Will Macdonald

Costume Designer – Miranda Raman

Costume Assistant – Jacqui Whall

B Camera Operator – Freddy Riddiford

1st AC – Willy Pearce

2nd AC – Natsuki Arai

Digital Video Technician – Conrad Armstrong

Gaffer – Craig Muirhead

Best Boy – Matt Kofoed

LX Assistant – Josh Wijohn

Key Grip – Pablo Stevenson

Grip Assistant – Noah Timpson

Sound Mixer – Craig O’Reilly

Boom Operators – Jackson Weeks, Sofiane Tib

Make Up Artist – Guillermina Gentile

Post Production Supervisor – Jolin Lee

Audio Post Production Services – Franklin Rd

Colourist – Matic Prusnik

Visual Effects – Jolin Lee, Fraser Macedo

Photographer – Jordan Stent

Graphic Designer – Anna Hughes

Media Buyer – Josh Hawke

Head of Strategy – Hilary Ngan Kee

Executive Creative Director – Sam Stuchbury

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