Westside (TV series)
Westside is a New Zealand comedy-drama television series created by Rachel Lang and James Griffin for South Pacific Pictures. It is a prequel to Outrageous Fortune, and chronicles the lives of Ted and Rita West. The first series aired from 31 May to 5 July 2015 on Three.
|Opening theme||"Watch Your Back" by Hello Sailor (series 1–2)|
|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|No. of series||5|
|No. of episodes||44 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||44–45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||South Pacific Pictures|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Audio format||HD stereo|
|Original release||31 May 2015 –|
|Related shows||Outrageous Fortune|
Series 4 premiered on 9 July 2018. On 21 July 2018 NZ on Air announced funding for a fifth series which will consist of 10 episodes. On 19 July 2019, NZ on Air announced funding for a sixth and final series of Westside.
The first series is set in the 1970s, it features a Westie couple, and stars Antonia Prebble and David de Lautour as Rita and Ted West. In the first episode, set in 1974, it features John Walker beating Rod Dixon in the 1500 metres at the 1974 Commonwealth Games. Each episode covers one year, from 1974 to 1979, with events like the Muldoon election, dawn raids on overstayers, carless days, and the birth of the punk rock scene in Auckland.
The second series is set in 1981, and follows the Springbok Tour. The series starts with Rita returning home from prison to find the West household in disrepair. Throughout the course of the series Ted's gang plots to steal from the South Africans visiting New Zealand, preventing them from buying land, while Rita plans a job against developer Evan Lace.
The third Series is set in 1982 and deals with the fallout from the Evan Lace job and Wolf's first meeting with his future wife, Cheryl.
Cast and characters
This table shows the show's characters and the cast members who have portrayed them.
Note: Only those appearing in more than one episode appear in this list, and only when the actor contributes new material to an episode. Color key:
|Rita West||Antonia Prebble|
|Ted West||David de Lautour|
|Lefty Munroe||Dan Musgrove|
|Ngaire Munroe||Esther Stephens|
|Bilkey van Heeder||Todd Emerson|
|Bert Thompson||Pana Hema-Taylor|
|Phineas O'Driscoll||Xavier Horan|
|Carol O'Driscoll||Sophie Hambleton|
|Wolf West||Reon Bell
|Cheryl Miller||Ashleigh Cummings||Jessica Grace Smith|
|Mike McArthy||Will Hall|
|Rod Nugent||Jordan Mauger|
|Darijo Doslic||Glen Levy|
|Des McEwen||Joel Tobeck|
|Barry "Sparky" Gibbs||Caleb Wells|
|Eric Grady||Jordan Mooney|
|Evan Lace||Dean O'Gorman|
|Belinda Lace||Laura Hill|
|Riana Adams||Kirsten Ibbetson|
|Chelsea Munroe||Salomé Grace|
|Lisa Munroe||Ella Shirtcliffe|
|Trish Miller||Jodie Dorday|
|Jeanette Miller||Jessie Lawrence|
|Mandy Miller||Lily Powell|
|Danny Peters||Shane Cortese|
|Hayden Peters||Pierre Beasley|
|Theresa Deering||Elizabeth Dowden|
In July 2014, NZ on Air approved funding of NZ$4.8 million for the miniseries. On 28 July 2015, NZ on Air approved funding of NZ$7.6 million for a second series, on 2 August 2016 NZ$6.6 million was approved for a third series and on 24 July 2017 NZ$6.5 million was approved for a fourth series. In September an additional NZ$1.2 million was approved for series four.
Filming for series one commenced on 12 October and concluded on 17 December 2014. Filming for series two commenced on 27 September 2015 and concluded on 19 January 2016. Filming for series three commenced on 30 October 2016 and concluded on 3 February 2017. Filming for series four commenced on 19 November 2017 and concluded on 18 March 2018.
Westside: The Original Soundtrack was released for digital download on 8 July 2015 and CD on 10 July 2015. It peaked at number nineteen in New Zealand. Music from Westside Series Two was released for digital download on 1 July 2016
Series 1 premiered in Australia on 9Gem on 2 December 2015, and series 2 premiered on 8 August 2016.
Series 1 is available on the iTunes Store in Australia.
Series 1 (2015)
Series 2 (2016)
Series 3 (2017)
Series 4 (2018)
Awards and nominations
C21's International Drama Awards
New York Festivals International Film & TV Awards
New Zealand Television Awards
New Zealand Television Craft Awards