Sam Neill weaved elements of autobiography into this controversial, quirky and acclaimed analysis of Kiwi cinema — from its beginnings, to the dark flowering of achievement in the breakthrough films of Peter Jackson, Jane Campion and Lee Tamahori. The hour-long award-winner debuted at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. It was directed by Neill and Judy Rymer (The Grass is Greener), as one of 18 documentaries commissioned for the Century of Cinema series. New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin rated it one of the best. Filmmaker Costa Botes writes here about the film's conclusions, and its global success.
...a uniquely strange and dark film industry...– Presenter and co-director Sam Neill describes New Zealand's film industry
Top Shelf Productions
Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air and TV3, in association with the British Film Institute
Music composed by Don McGlashan, and performed by The Mutton Birds