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In Six Dollar Fifty Man eight-year-old Andy’s make-believe superhero world gets a reality check: he has to confront playground bullies and the headmaster in order to rescue his pride, and his only friend, Mary. The gutsy outsider’s playground trials were inspired by filmmakers Mark Albiston's and Louis Sutherland’s Kapiti Coast 70s upbringing. The film was a breakout festival hit: amongst a haul of awards it collected in its brown satchel were a Sundance win and special distinctions at Cannes and Berlin. It was long-listed for the 2011 Academy Awards.

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 Mark Albiston
 Louis Sutherland
 Wendy Cuthbert

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Very good film but ratchet how he gets bullied even by a teacher

 Nick Preston

Nick Preston

Thank you to each of you. I enjoyed that movie.

 Michael Simpson

Michael Simpson

Atypical nz film. Amazing

 junior jmataia

junior jmataia

cool film ...kiwis make good movies

 carolina jara m

carolina jara m

My favorite shortfim. Thank.

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If you can work with a child for a week, eight hours a day, then you can work with anyone —we’re going to work with magpies in our next film! 
It’s a great moment when you get sucked into the gravitational pull of the world’s biggest film festival ... to find out our little tales from our wild-west coast can bat with the best international offerings. 


2010 Sundance Film Festival (USA)
Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking

2010 60th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin–Generation Kplus (Germany)
Special Mention

2010 Aspen Film Festival (USA)
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Los Angeles Prize for Excellence

2010 Flickerfest (Australia)
Coopers Award for Best Short Film

2010 20th Annual Cinequest Film Festival (USA)
Best Narrative Short

2010 Vladivostok International Film Festival (Russia)
Best Short Film

2009 62nd Festival De Cannes (France)
Special Distinction

2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards
Best Short Film
Actor: Oscar Vandy-Connor

2009 55th Valladolid International Film Festival (Spain)
Silver Spike

2009 Expresion en Corto (Mexico)
Best International Short Fiction Film

2009 Middle East International Film Festival (United Arab Emirates)
Black Pearl 09 for Best Narrative Short