"I like to pull rabbits out of hats to surprise people". So said young director David Blyth, before unleashing Angel Mine. Inspired partly by the surrealism of Luis Buñuel, Blyth's inventive debut is one of a handful of Kiwi experimental feature films to win mainstream release. Featuring a whitebread suburban couple and their liberated alter egos, the film explores ideas of consumerism, sexuality, the media, and taboo-breaking. The film excited criticism from Patricia Bartlett, and a notorious addition to its R18 certificate: "contains punk cult material."
Made with assistance from the Interim Film Commission and the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council.
Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata
Music by Mark Nicholas with contributions from The Suburban Reptiles, Charisma, Peter Kerin and the Auckland Youth Orchestra.