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Bella Short Film (Full Length) – 1998 Drama

Bella

Short Film (Full Length) – 1998 Drama

R18 Restricted
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During a stint in prison for importing drugs, Bill Payne reinvented himself and became a writer. Payne went on to write Staunch (an acclaimed non-fiction book about gangs), short stories, a play, and two short films. Bella was the first. It follows life behind bars for Bella (Mitch Thomas), a defiantly proud transsexual and part-time tattooist, whose mere presence arouses the ire of one of the prison guards. But the guard's taunts are more complicated than they appear. The guard is played by Tim Gordon, who would later play All Blacks coach Graham Henry in telemovie The Kick.

Key Cast & Crew

Mitch Thomas

As: Bella

Bill Payne

Writer, As: Inmate

Karen Nobes

Director

Who's a pretty boy then?
– Officer Goff (Tim Gordon) taunts Bella (Mitch Thomas)

Produced by

Greenstone TV

Source

Greenstone TV

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission's Short Film Fund

Music

'Bella's song' written by Steve Cournane and Graeme Collins, performed by Steve Cournane and the Unit

'Lament' written by Simon Bowden, Nils Olsen & Steve Cournane, performed by Boat