Gary Cradle (Gareth Reeves) wants to go straight but has to face up to a drug habit, family dysfunction, and the burden of guilt over a past sin. Mixing up dollops of dry wit and violence, Gregory King's redemptive recovery yarn debuted at the Rotterdam Film Festival. King's second feature won Qantas Film and TV Awards for best film made for under $1 million, and Ginny Loane's camera work; actors Reeves and Ian Mune (playing his father) were also nominated. In February 2009 the film gained media attention after being made available to watch free online, for 24 hours.
I wanted to give a strong sense of an environment that is alienating on many levels – the peer group, the family, the society at large. To create a sense that Gary’s world is not able to really support him in his redemption, his struggle to change, to be a ‘good’ person so to speak.– Writer/director Gregory King, in an interview with Lumiere, July 2008
Available to buy and rent from NZ Film On Demand
Made in association with the Digital Feature Film Scheme of the New Zealand Film Commission.