PariahLifestyle, Music, New Zealand|2020|M L
In a North Canterbury nutshell, this feel-good, genre-bending and wonderfully odd rockumentary about a farmer picking up a microphone to make his never-too-late dreams come true, can best be summed up as ‘Country Calendar’ meets ‘Spinal Tap’ by way of ‘Flight of Conchords’ if it was directed by the ghost of John Clarke. The difference between that delightfully mad visual omelette and ‘Pariah’ however, is that Pariah is the real deal. Part rock-mockumentary, part factual series, part musical wish fulfilment journey, ‘Pariah’ tells the incredible true story of a man from North Canterbury, Owen Black (49), who somehow manages to pick himself up from the latest depressive episode of his rural existence, and against all odds - and there are so many odds - pulls together a talented team of musicians, producers, and an ailing uncle to create a song, make a music video, and take the first step on the road to a dream that could exceed even his own wild expectations. And those are some wild expectations. But if seeing is believing, you still might not believe what you’re seeing. Even though it’s real. Really.