2022 Nominees

Jerk

Roughcut TV, Primal Media

UK

- Short Fiction Program

Jerk follows the life of acclaimed stand up Tim Renkow, playing a heightened version of himself; an American art school dropout who needs to get a visa to stay in the UK. The only problem is that Tim has cerebral palsy. This means that people judge him… all the time. Although usually they judge him wrongly, not realising that inside that severely disabled, vulnerable body is an incurable joker. Tim knows he makes people uncomfortable – because he does it on purpose. He knows that having cerebral palsy means he can get away with saying what others can’t. But that’s his issue: time spent taking aim at life’s easier targets means Tim takes his eye of it’s bigger prizes:the job, the relationship and the visa. Tim Renkow returns in series two after a forced return to the US, having enrolled on a post graduate course in London. Not that he has any intention of actually going. But a student visa means he can stay in the UK – where he intends to push boundaries and wreak more havoc.