“In Transit”: The Age of the Twentysomethings by Mattie Mould

Posted on December 19, 2012

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How do they do it? People with a huge amount of creativity and initiative are cropping up all over the place and making me feel like I haven’t achieved much. In Jimmy Kimmel’s Emmys opening monologue he gave a shout out to Lena Dunham to welcome her as a new face in Hollywood. He said “26 years old, this is her first show and already she’s been nominated for acting, writing and directing…I don’t have a joke here, I just wanted to make everyone feel bad about themselves.”

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We have been nominated by older generations as the lay-abouts of this century, and I am here to make a rebuttal. Perhaps it is simply a new type of productivity that we are establishing for the world – paving the way for those to come by Facebook-ing, tweeting and Youtube-ing constantly. While this may sound like a justification for sitting indoors on a computer all day, it’s more than that (we also use our iPhones outdoors). While I (and most others) use social media to make my contributions to the world there are also those of us (like Miss Dunham) who are stretching further and are sharing their creativity in more practical ways.

A few Aussie webseries have cropped up this year, including the previously reviewed SYD 2030 (which has incidentally been picked up to broadcast on ABC2), and now In Transit.

In Transit follows the lives of a group of twentysomethings who are (as the title suggests) between things: between jobs, relationships or drinks. The show is Sydney-based and highlights the key stereotypical dynamics that exist between people in their twenties; there’s ‘the nice guy’, ‘the joker’, ‘the player’ and ‘the suit’ who are diametrically synchronised with ‘the friend’ and ‘the ex’. It has just closed up its first season (all released online) and is an example of the remarkable things that young people can achieve as well as an example of comedy relevant to Australian sensibilities.

The show is amazingly professional and beautifully cast and begs the question; why isn’t there more stuff like this on TV? The episodes are short and sharp with clear narration and plot line. The central characters are likeable and believable and, most importantly, extremely relatable. While there are bound to be areas for improvement in any new project – a degree of understanding and appreciation of a small budget must be employed when viewing the series – it’s actually astounding what these guys have achieved. Watch this show for some light entertainment on a rainy Sunday afternoon, or perhaps watch each instalment with your coffee break at work, you wont regret it – unlike the way you will regret eating 3 brownies instead of 1 but hey…YOLO…#killmenow

Australian entertainment is on the rise and it seems that a lot of young people are using the internet to help it get there. Budgets and film opportunities are hard to come by in our little country but that doesn’t stop the truly devoted and dedicated out there. In Transit gives hope to those who are searching for their creative outlet – all that is required is the motivation to get it out there.

So, to those who believe us to be the laziest generation ever, I say this: we may prefer to hashtag than write a real sentence, we may use ‘LOL’ in everyday language, we may even have Facebook friends who we don’t actually know, but that doesn’t mean that we are any less interested in making our mark on society and culture in this  world. The key difference is the way that we make our mark (and that is with the click of a mouse).

Mattie Mould is a regular contributor to You’re Dripping Egg. She enjoys promoting the work of fledgling Australian webseries, among other things. You can read some of her other work here and here.

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