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Manurewa Short Film – 2010 Drama

Manurewa

Short Film – 2010 Drama

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Music video director Sam Peacocke's confronting dramatic debut re-imagines the events that took place around the robbery of a Manurewa liquor store in 2008, in which owner Navtej Singh was tragically murdered. The film takes a kaleidoscopic perspective on colliding South Auckland lives, notably in an — almost unbearably — tense hold-up scene. Largely shot with non-actors, the production was self-funded; Manurewa was selected for Melbourne and Berlin film festivals and won the Crystal Bear for best short in the Generation 14plus youth section at Berlin.

To me, this was the story of Navtej Singh – a devoted family man who was shot dead for the sake of a few dollars and some boxes of alcohol. It will always be his story and we had to make sure we honoured his memory. So it was pivotal that we got the blessing of his family.
- Producer Kristian Eek