From the cradle to the grave, Stuff examines the abiding passion all of us have for stuff – the stuff we buy, the stuff we treasure, the stuff we desire and the stuff that’s most important to us.
Wendy Harmer – a pioneer of Australian comedy, and world-class accumulator –presents this four-part series that takes us from a baby shower to a retirement home; from a school yard to a prison. She asks everyone she meets: Why do you love your stuff so much? What does it mean to you? What’s the best stuff of all?
Present-day Australian society is one of the most asset-rich in human history. The modern mantra is that we now have “too much stuff” and that “stuff doesn’t make us happy”, and yet we all have objects which are precious to us. Objects can hold memories, inspire through the ages and, when offered as gifts, bind us to one another. Yet all too often the piles of “stuff” we own seem beyond our control.
Although the topic of consumerism has been theorised and written about for many years, recent concerns about mass-production, globalisation, global warming and resource shortage, have made us all concerned with “over-consumption”. We now understand that our love for stuff could cost us the earth.
But how can we begin to give up our desire for stuff, unless we understand why we have it in the first place?
Stuff asks: Are we hard-wired to accumulate? At what age do we begin to identify stuff as our own? Why do we choose the stuff we do? How do we express our unique personalities through our stuff? And how does our attitude to stuff change on life’s cluttered journey? The answers Wendy is given tell us that our relationship with our stuff is much more complex that we might realise…And that our conversations about over-consumption have only just begun.
Created and Written by Wendy Harmer. Producers - Laura Waters and Wendy Harmer. Series Producer, Georgie McClements. Director,Ted Emery. Princess Pictures Production for ABC TV. ABC TV Executive Producer, Dasha Ross. Princess Pictures Executive Producer, Laura Waters.