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