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A train that never arrives and a man who discovers why. A short, sharp, funny tale with a twist. ... Read more
This romantic fairy tale, set amongst the hills of a uniquely New Zealand dairy farm, is the second feature by Topless Women Talk About Their Lives director, Harry Sinclair. Danielle Cormack (Siam Sunset, MIFF 1999) and Karl Urban (Via Satellite, MIFF 1998) play Lucinda and Rob. Madly in love ... Read more
A global experiment malfunctions leaving only one scientist alone in a world where every living thing has disappeared. Zac Hobson begins a frantic search for other survivors, but at the same time indulges himself in the pleasures of wealth and materialism that remain. ... He finds two other ... Read more
Stunningly photographed in the tropical Cook Islands this feature film tells the story of a native boy who mysteriously emerges from the sea as a baby and is adopted by one of the villagers. The boy, Jonasi, is set apart from the others because he is different - he neither speaks nor hears ... Read more
In a small old house in the wilderness of New Zealand - a hunter waits for the final prey which will make his collection complete. But the animal world conspires against him. "...one of the funniest and niftiest shorts to come out of New Zealand." ... Read more
In the lee of New Zealand's Southern Alps the High Country sheep stations have the snowline as their boundary. This film shows something of the difficulty and hard work in the lives of the sheep farmers. ... Read more
A political tagger's midnight marauding gets his younger brother caught by the police. But saying "I'm sorry" are words best said with action. Screened at Berlin Film Festival.---D Tearepa Kahi S Tearepa Kahi & Savage P Quinton Hita and Tearepa Kahi & SavageWS New Zealand Film Commission L English ... Read more
In life there are no fairytale endings. Selected for Edinburgh 2008. Australian premiere --- D/S Katie Wolfe P Felicity Letcher/Rachel Lorimer WS NZFC TD 35mm/2008/12mins ... Read more
There's every likihood that this shot-on-a-shoestring first feature will be seen as a trans-Tasman version of Love and Other Catastropes. Precursors can probably be found at least one generation earlier, in John Sayles' Return of the Secaucus Seven and Alan Tanner's Jonah... Who Will Be 25 in the ... Read more
“More fun than a possum up your trousers.” - Sydney Morning Herald ... Twin sisters Jools and Lynda Topp are a New Zealand institution. A country singing and yodelling lesbian comedy act, they seem unlikely candidates for mainstream acceptance - but the last few decades has seen the Topps ... Read more
A New Zealand warrior gives us a rare perspective of the Vietnam 'vet'. By placing his feet squarely on the green grass of home he makes his way to remembering. A gentle film dealing with a horrendous past. ... Read more
Winner of the Panorama Short Film Award at the 2004 Berlinale, this is a tale of first love, set in the unlikeliest of places.While waiting for their parents, two boys and a girl meet in the carpark of a rural pub.What at first seems to be a relationship based on rivalry soon develops into a close ... Read more
A man wakes to discover the outside world is getting in. From Oscar winner Grant Major, production designer on Lord of the Rings. ... --- D/S Grant Major P Dan Salmon WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
What happens when two cultures clash? In a sleepy, country hollow, a hippy has his peace and solitude rocked by the invasion of a heavy metaller who would rather die than turn down the volume. The result? A very funny film about cross-cultural disharmony. ... Read more
Twenty year-old Carol Dunn is set to win a surprise medal for New Zealand at the Olympics. Her family are caught up in the euphoria back home as a local television crew arrive and set up to film the family watching Carol's finest moment. On air, everything's about to climax. Chrissy, Carol's ... Read more
“Very entertaining, often hilarious no-budget mock documentary about a fictional land rights claim.” - NZ Herald The 2005 discovery of a cannonball buried for 138 years in a paddock throws Waimate into turmoil. It's all the Maori locals need to confirm their long-held belief that they were ... Read more
From New Zealand duo The Front Lawn, an original and entertaining short that is not so much a narrative film as a film about narrative and narration. Composed simply of a chain of encounters in the street, with accompanying voice-over, it is frenetic in pace and wryly amusing in tone. - (FF) ... Read more
"You must remember this, a kiss is just a kiss, a sigh is just a sigh. The fundamental things apply..." ... If there is one thing that Gaylene Preston's new film tells us about the experiences of women in World War Two—it's that those oft-sung 'fundamentals' are actually hard to identify. In ... Read more
A sheep herd, so large that it appears to have a life and movement of its own, is mustered amid the attractive scenery of New Zealand's Southern Alps. ... Read more
An ultimately uplifting story of 2 people who find comfort in each other and their desire to live in a world filled with disappointment and despair.---D/S David Rittey P Amanda Jenkins WS New Zealand Film Commission L English TD 35mm/col/2006/13mins ... Read more
"Captures the tribulations and perspectives of a difficult age when kids start to act tough while still being vulnerable inside." - Screen Daily ... In a nameless, down-market town somewhere in New Zealand, shy 11-year-old Adrian fantasises to escape the dreary reality of life with his no-nonsense ... Read more
“Grippingly emotional. Heartbreaking, humbling and inspiring.” - TVNZ ... When a City Falls documents the effects of the two earthquakes that rocked Christchurch in 2010 and 2011. Made for the big screen, its on-the-ground footage - captured within moments of both earthquakes - is immediate and ... Read more
Uprooted from the life she knew in the city, Jade's new home in the country with her mother's latest boyfriend and his son is far from ideal. In her search to find her place, Jade realises she will never belong. ... D/S Catherine Bisley P Catherine Fitzgerald WS NZ Film Commission TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
A truly unsettling, visually inventive, stylistically thrilling and quite marvellous diamond in the rough. Woodenhead takes the traditional fairy tale and re-processes it through the minds of filmmakers like Canadian master of the peculiar Guy Maddin and animators of the arcane, the Quay Brothers ... Read more
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