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  1. Full length short film including credits.


During WWII the Post Office photographed letters, enabling mass mailing to soldiers via rolls of film. Post Office worker Ngaire (Yvette Reid) deals with mail for soldiers serving overseas. On this small, handsomely-framed canvas, writer-director Paolo Rotondo explores how war and distance affect relationships. Dead Letters makes a persuasive case that the memories preserved in words and film contain their own magic, even when that magic is tinged with sadness and death. It won best short screenplay at the 2006 New Zealand Screen Awards.

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 Paolo Rotondo
 Gemma Gracewood
 Fraser Brown

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Comments (2)

 Bridget O'Rourke

Bridget O'Rourke

As both a History and Media Studies teacher I think this is a charming film to illustrate an unseen part of the home front experience as well as being stylish with some film noir elements. Would love to download this for use in class or buy a copy. Please advise options.

 Glenda Koefoed

Glenda Koefoed

A really moving cameo of a different life and time. I was touched by the insights into the stresses wrought on everyone by war and separation. Great to see a feisty Kiwi lassie too.
How can I get hold of a copy for use in a school-is it ok to download it from this site (with FVD or similar?)


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Included in:

 Anzac Day Collection
 NZ Book Month Collection


2006 Air NZ Screen Awards
Best Script for a Short Film: Paolo Rotondo

Nominated for Best Technical Contribution to a Short Film (Grant Major)