Woman meets man in a bar. Sparks fly and memories are made — but not as anticipated. Five-strong team Snack to the Future were assigned 'cringe comedy' as their genre for the 2019 48Hours film contest, and chose a simple idea with a neat pay off. The result scored five awards at the Christchurch finals, before bringing the Grand National title down to Canterbury for the first time. Playing the star-crossed couple are Hamish Parkinson (The Eggplant) and Phoebe Hurst. Judges praised the slick production values, and the film won Best Script. Director Julian Vares was a Christchurch regional winner in 2013 with The Eh Team.
We had sleep both nights and actually finished our film with enough time on the Sunday to go make a home cooked meal before we handed it in. We had a really small team this year — it just made things efficient, everybody was on the same page. It was just one of those years where there were no dramas. Everything just happened and it was easy.– Director Julian Vares on getting to relax during the 48Hours film contest for a change, Stuff, 18 August 2019
Director Julian Vares on winning the 24Hours film contest, Stuff, August 2019
A Familiar Feeling scores at the Christchurch finals, The Press, July 2019
Julian Vares also co-directed this 48Hours regional winner in 2013, 48Hours website