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Cinema of Unease

Film (Excerpts) – 1995

PG
Parental Guidance

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, Lee Tamahori, and Jane Campion. 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. The New York Times' Janet Maslin rated it a series highlight. The opening sequence 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

Key Cast & Crew

Sam Neill

Co-Director, Writer, Presenter

Alun Bollinger

Cinematographer

Judy Rymer

Writer, Co-Director

Paula Jalfon

Producer

Grant Campbell

Producer

Judy Rymer

Writer, Co-Director

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Produced by

Top Shelf Productions