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Short Film (Full Length) – 1992

This fantastical Rob Sarkies short film unravels largely inside a girl's brain, where an imperious 'dream director' (Louise Petherbridge) and her technicians create a new nightmare, using an advert for Germo toilet cleaner as inspiration. Suzie (Carlee Brook) is so scared she avoids using her grandparents' loo. Meanwhile her subconscious dream team are planning their best production yet. Winner of an award at an experimental festival in Madrid, Dream-Makers mixes horror, comedy and puppetry. A number of the Dream-Makers team reconvened for even more ambitious short film Signing Off, and 1999 hit movie Scarfies

Kill the lights! Lose the extras!
– The Dream Director (Louise Petherbridge) prepares her 'set' for the night's bad dream

Key Cast & Crew

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Louise Petherbridge

As: Dream Director

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Lisa Chatfield

Producer, Production Manager

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David Corballis

As: Dream Vision Controller

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Carlee Brook

As: Suzie

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Peter Hayden

As: Creative Guru

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Rob Sarkies

Director, Writer, Editor, Producer

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Produced by

Nightmare Productions


Produced with the assistance of the Creative Film and Video Fund of the Queen Elizabeth ll Arts Council, the NZ Film Commission and Television New Zealand 


'Germo' advertising jingle composed by Graeme Perkins and sung by Colette Chapman