This fun and sexy narrative explores the lives of three friends living in Wellington who make a pact that quickly turns their weekly Pot Luck dinners into a search for love. Or not.

You won’t want to miss the first episode of this comedy series!

Pot Luck has finally arrived!

The writer and director, Ness Simons, graduated from the NZ Film School and Whitirea’s Creative Writing Programme. The series was inspired by many enjoyable nights Ness has had sharing potluck dinners with her friends. She says, “There’s so much scope for the story when you bring a group of women together, so it seemed like a good idea to build a series around friendship and food and the different dynamics around the table”.

Set in Wellington, the storyline revolves around the friendship of Mel, Debs and Beth. Mel, played by Nikki Si’ulepa, is charismatic, free and easy. Her mate Debs (Anji Kreft), is a shy butch whose heart was broken six years ago, so there’s a softer, complex side to this staunch woman. Beth, (Tess Jamieson-Karaha), is the third part of the trio, she’s also Mel’s ex-girlfriend. The weekly dinner format allows for a range of guest characters, and Beth’s mother Eileen (Kate Ward) will also make a regular appearance.

There are queer characters on screen, but portrayals are still limited, and there’s very little content coming out of New Zealand. Pot Luck‘s characters are in their late 30s and early 40s, and the challenges they put to each other will test the depth of their friendships.

The pilot episode has been funded by the Emerging Artists Trust, which Ness says has been “a huge vote of support and helpful in getting the momentum for the series underway”.

With the first episode in hand, the Pot Luck team is looking for further funding to complete the series, including running a crowdfunding campaign on the Arts Foundation website, Boosted, which runs until the 17th of December.


Episode one, “The Pact”, is live and available to watch!