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Cinema of Unease Film – 1995 Documentary Arts/Culture

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Actor and filmmaker Sam Neill weaves portions of his own biography into an insightful, idiosyncratic and liberally illustrated analysis of New Zealand cinema — from its crude beginnings to the full flowering of technical and artistic achievement seen in the breakthrough films of Peter Jackson, Lee Tamahori, and Jane Campion. Made as part of the BFI's Century of Cinema series, it screened at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival to wide acclaim; The New York Times' Janet Maslin rated it a highlight of the series. It won Best Documentary at the 1996 TV Awards.

Key Cast & Crew

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Judy Rymer

Director, Writer

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Vincent Burke

Producer

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Grant Campbell

Producer

Not much about Sam Neill's ordinary leading-man roles (in films like Jurassic Park) and even his better ones (in The Piano and My Brilliant Career) is preparation for his tart, perceptive directorial voice in a very good film of his own.
- Janet Maslin, New York Times, 10 Oct 1995

Produced by

Top-shelf

Rights

Title licensed by Top Shelf Production Ltd and Sales Agent NZ Film.

 

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, NZ On Air and TV3 in association with the British Film Institute (BFI).

Music

Music by Don McGlashan

Buy it

Available on DVD from Top Shelf Productions.