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  1. The trailer for this feature film.

  2. An excerpt from this feature film.

  3. An interview with director and screenwriter Jason Stutter.

  4. An interview with actor Jemaine Clement.

  5. An interview with actor Heath Franklin.

  6. An interview with actor Hayden Frost.

  7. An interview with actor Tim Finn.

  8. An interview with actor Rose McIvor.

Synopsis

Based on a novel by the late Ronald Hugh Morrieson — whose stories painted his home town of Hawera as a hotbed of colourful characters and dodgy dealings — Predicament is a prohibition-era tale of blackmail, anxiety and criminal partnerships. In this Jason Stutter-directed film, awkward teenager Cedric meets two oddball misfits (played by Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement and Australian comedian Heath 'Chopper' Franklin) and becomes entangled in a plot to blackmail adulterous couples caught in flagrante delicto. Predicament went on to win six Aotearoa Film Awards.

Credits (19)

 Jason Stutter
 Sue Rogers
 Tim Finn

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Comments (2)

 Floyd Clotworthy

Floyd Clotworthy

Looks good... must see it...I was an extra in another Hugh Morrieson
novel ...made in to a Feature Film...'Came a Hot Friday' and it was lots of fun...back in the 80s... good to see small town NZ come to life in an era that was a little backward and old fashion....>/<

 Tam

Tam

Saw this film today, heartily reccomend it. Darkly comic.and clever Jermaine Clements character's (Spook) nasally kiwi accent was a real highlight for me, as was the production quality and the script.

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Quotes

It got me thinking: if I was to get my hands on a camera, I’d be in a position to profit. 

Awards

2011 Aotearoa Film and Television Awards
Best Cinematography in a Feature Film: Simon Raby
Best Production Design in a Feature Film: John Harding
Best Costume Design: Lesley Burkes-Harding
Best Original Music: Plan 9
Best Make-up Design: Angela Mooar
Best Visual Effects: Sauce VFX
Nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Editing and Sound