This low-budget feature fishtails after a Mum and her teenage kids, kicking around the far north one sleepy summer. Store Santa holiday jobs, teen romance, purloined cars, pet possums, and pot deals fill out the small town shenanigans plotline. Ray Woolf plays an undercover cop, and Calvin Tuteao is a kauri-hugging suitor. Director Peter Tait (who acted in Kitchen Sink) wrote the film to showcase the charisma of kids he was teaching at Taipa College. Made for under $20,000, the film “was bigger than Titanic” at Oruru’s Swamp Palace cinema and community hall.
I mainly used my garden to feed everyone. If you can’t pay people, it’s good to feed them well. Farmers would sometimes donate sides of lamb and, on those days, I’d set up a scene and then rush inside to put the roast on!– Director Peter Tait
Made with the assistance of Te Ahu Tangata Community Employment Group, Department of Labour
Music composed by Wiremu Karaitiana.
Closing track 'Back River Road' composed by Matthews and Tait. Soundtrack includes 'Chains' (by DLT) and 'Ballad of Calvin' (Don McGlashan)