The Insiders - A Journey Through Form S
Zoe Carides and Ben Mendelsohn star in an instructional video for high school kids, teaching them why they should do their tax return, and how to fill out the corresponding form.
'How do we make tax returns fun for kids? How do we teach them about taxable income, deductions, etc. without boring them to death? I know! Let's create an allegorical night club to represent the S form, and make them go through each room and meet quirky characters embodying these concepts'
That was probably the pitch for this program, created by Film Australia for the Australian Tax Office. Checklist: neon signs, fluro clothes, boomboxes, breakdancing. It doesn't get more 80s than this instructional video!
Its young stars would soon achieve great success.
Mendelsohn now spends his time between Australia and Hollywood. Locally, he's won multiple awards for his roles in Animal Kingdom (2010), Tangle (2009) and others. In the US, he recently won the Emmy for Bloodline (2015), and was nominated for the Golden Globe for the same film.
Carides would later star in Acropolis Now (1989) and Death in Brunswick (1990). She's had a very successful career in Australian television.