Created and written by Rhys Darby, Short Poppies is a series of day-in-the-life exclusive interviews with a group of unique kiwi characters. Each episode follows journalist David Farrier as he meets the seven 'ordinary' New Zealanders — all folk living in small town New Zealand, but each given a Rhys Darby twist.
Runtime: 25 minutes
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Short Poppies is a New Zealand mockumentary TV series starring, created and written by Rhys Darby and directed by Jemaine Clement and Michelle Walshe. It follows real-life entertainment reporter David Farrier as he talks to “extraordinary” New Zealanders who happen to live in the same small fictional town known as “The Bay”. At the time of filming, Farrier worked for TVNZ's competitor, MediaWorks. All eight episodes became available in New Zealand on 1 April 2014 through TVNZ On Demand and became available in the United States on 4 April 2014.
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Bill is a Department of Conservation head ranger who may be too into nature, however he is very knowledgeable in New Zealand flora and fauna and even shows David a bear. He is in an estranged marriage to Linda and has two children, Flora (played by Rhys's niece, Lucy Coring) and Fauna (played by Rhys's son, Finn Darby), who have moved to Jelleystone Park. He has a love/hate relationship with his brother-in-law, Tom (played by Cohen Holloway), who still lives in the town and intentionally goes out of his way to antagonize Bill. He leads a team of rangers. During a staff awards ceremony, he becomes obsessed with his missing coffee mug (the last gift given to him by his wife).