Sam Neill weaves portions of autobiography into an idiosyncratic, acclaimed yet controversial analysis of Kiwi cinema — from its crude beginnings, to the dark flowering of achievement seen in the breakthrough films of Peter Jackson, Jane Campion and Lee Tamahori. Co-directed by Neill and Judy Rymer as one of 18 films commissioned for the British Film Institute's Century of Cinema series, the award-winning documentary debuted at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. New York Times critic Janet Maslin rated it one of the best of the series. In this opening sequence, Neill looks at the role of the road in Kiwi film.
Not much about Sam Neill's ordinary leading-man roles (in films like Jurassic Park) and even his better ones (in The Piano and My Brilliant Career) is preparation for his tart, perceptive directorial voice in a very good film of his own.– Reviewer Janet Maslin in The New York Times, 10 October 1995
Top Shelf Productions
Music composed by Don McGlashan, and performed by The Mutton Birds