‘Now what’, the first Flemish ‘real life’ docu-soap, follows twenty-somethings in Antwerp: “No, it’s not a Big Brother” | TV

‘Now what’, the first Flemish ‘real life’ docu-soap, follows twenty-somethings in Antwerp: “No, it’s not a Big Brother” | TV
‘Now what’, the first Flemish ‘real life’ docu-soap, follows twenty-somethings in Antwerp: “No, it’s not a Big Brother” | TV

TVIn ‘Now what’, the very first Flemish real life docusoap, seven twenty-somethings navigate their own path through life’s obstacles. For ninety days, the seven young adults share their experiences with the viewers on GoPlay, from one large Antwerp mansion. “My colleagues have already told me not to fall in love with one of my roomies”, laughs participant Nona.

Seven twenty-somethings showing every aspect of their lives for three months. GoPlay program ‘Now what’ brings viewers the very first Flemish real life docusoap. That promises to be a mix of reality and documentary, in which vlogs and social media also form an important part of the story – in addition to the classic camera work, and a few fixed cameras in the house. So in the year 2022, where everything can be shared – in any way. “We follow our seven young people in every aspect of their lives,” explains Warner Bros. creative director Jess Houbregs. from. “The residents themselves decide at any time who and what they want to portray. We only register and are allowed to be part of their lives as a team. That’s unique. The only agreement we have is that they live in the house for three months – and we follow them in the meantime.”



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“As creators, this is very exciting,” Houbregs continues. “Normally you work with a scenario, but that is not the case now. But that mundaneness makes it interesting. Moreover, no two shooting days are the same: we work completely at the rhythm of the residents. We distil an episode of ten minutes from that every day. We therefore never know in advance what exactly will be shown. This format differs from series such as ‘Big Brother’, a program in which there are assignments and candidates have to leave the house. At ‘Now what’ this is not the case, and we respect their privacy. So there are no cameras in the toilet or in the bedrooms. (laughs)”

Good advice

22-year-old Nona is one of the participants in ‘Now what’. In daily life working at Studio Brussel, where she as digital creative helps support the morning show. In recent months she resided in hotel mama in Averbode, but she will spend the next 90 days in Antwerp. She does not find it a problem that she shares her entire life with the viewers during that period. “People can experience a fun party, a crazy moment at work and a flopped date,” it sounds. “The other participants are exactly the same, by the way. We want to give a realistic picture of what life looks like for people in their early twenties, and how we – each in a different way – define our place in society. Some days this yields a lot of material, but there are of course also more boring moments. Then there is less time in such a recording day. (laughs)”


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For three months I get a taste of life in a big city, and it hardly costs me any money. Our house, gas and electricity are paid for us.

NONA

Nona herself is very active as a vlogster. She has been doing this since she was fourteen. “I record videos every day, in which I record my life. Meanwhile, I have about twelve thousand followers on YouTube, who are usually a little younger than me. I try to give them good advice. For example, when I moved into my room for my studies (applied audiovisual communication and radio, ed.), I told you what you really need to survive that. A new phase of life can be scary, and then all support is welcome.”

Living in a big city

For ‘Now what’, however, Nona has to make it on her own, and take the plunge into the unknown without help. “After I got my degree, there were a lot of question marks,” she says. “During the last year of my studies, I was allowed to do an internship at Studio Brussel. Initially, it was not certain that I could continue to do this job afterwards.” Without job security, Nona didn’t think it was a good idea to rent, and the recently graduated woman couldn’t continue living in her student room. So she returned to Averbode, and moved back in with her mom and brother. “However, after a while I received two nice messages: I was allowed to continue my work after my internship, and I was allowed to participate in ‘Now what’. For three months I get a taste of life in a big city, and it hardly costs me any money. Our house, gas and electricity are paid for us.”

At the Public Broadcasting Service they found Nona’s participation in the SBS program no problem. “Of course I discussed that beforehand,” she says. “But no chef saw a problem with that. On the contrary: they grant me this unique opportunity completely. My colleagues even gave me some good advice: they told me not to fall in love with one of my roomies. (laughs)”

Need a lot of love

However, there is a chance, Nona admits. The young woman currently has no partner, and makes no secret of the fact that she is bisexual. “Six months ago my relationship broke up, and that was quite a blow,” she says. “It took me a while to get back on track, but I feel like I’m ready to date again. Although I wonder what the real one would look like for me? Living with others inspires me – apart from a stressful that they are night owls – no fear, but I am afraid to be left alone. I am someone who needs a lot of love, and I have not yet found the person who can give me enough affection. However, being bisexual, some people think I shouldn’t worry about that – because there are supposedly plenty of options. It doesn’t work like that: it really has to click in my head.”


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I hate when people are excluded. In the past I’ve had serious fights about this with roommates. So if one of my co-residents in Antwerp turns out not to be tolerant, I will not remain silent. They have been warned about this.

nona

“Jonatan Medart has expressed that very nicely in his coming out video,” said Nona. “I recognized a lot of things he said. Although there are also differences: I have never been afraid to tell my mom this. She has always emphasized that it doesn’t matter to her who I came home with. With Jonathan it was a bigger one struggle. It must not have been easy making that video. Very nice that he dares to be so open. I can only hope that, as modest as I may be, I can also increase the acceptance of LGBTGQ+ people. I am someone who does not hide her feelings, and I will stand on the barricades – certainly for this theme, but also for topics such as racism. I hate when people are excluded. In the past I’ve had serious fights about this with roommates. So if one of my co-residents in Antwerp turns out not to be tolerant, I will not remain silent. They have been warned about this. (winks)”

‘Now what’, from September 26 every day at 12 noon exclusively on GoPlay.be. You can also follow the experiences of the housemates via the instagram account @nowwhat.be.

Meet the candidates

VIKTOR



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INES



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CATO



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IVOR



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JENTE



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DELANO



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