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Cinema of Unease - A Personal Journey by Sam Neill

Film (Full Length) – 1995

PG
Parental Guidance

Sam Neill weaved portions of autobiography into this controversial, quirky and acclaimed analysis of Kiwi cinema — from its beginnings, to the dark flowering of achievement seen in the breakthrough films of Peter Jackson, Jane Campion and Lee Tamahori. Made by Judy Rymer and actor/director Neill as one of 18 documentaries commissioned for the British Film Institute's Century of Cinema series, the hour-long award-winner debuted at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times' Janet Maslin rated it a highlight of the series. Costa Botes writes here about the documentary's claims, and its global success.

...a uniquely strange and dark film industry...
– Presenter and co-director Sam Neill describes New Zealand's film industry

Produced by

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Top Shelf Productions

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air and TV3, in association with the British Film Institute

Music

Music composed by Don McGlashan, and performed by The Mutton Birds 

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