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Fantail

Film (Trailer) – 2013

R15
Restricted
Fresh, appealing characters written with insight and affection ... It’s funny and dark and sad, and I predict this local low-budgeter will connect with an enthusiastic audience.
– Listener critic Helene Wong in a list of her top five NZ film festival picks
Fantail feels like one of the freshest New Zealand films to come along in years ... It's very easy to picture an international audience embracing this film — the insights, performances and mood are all world class.
– Dominic Corry in The NZ Herald, 5 August 2013
A fascinating and brave film anchored by Sophie Henderson’s Kidman-esque performance ... Curtis Vowell’s direction lends a refreshing lightness to a story that both embraces and critiques New Zealand culture, and what that term actually means.
– Sam Brooks on website Lumiere, 1 August 2013
Fantail was a monologue that I had to do in my third year at drama school, and I think that first idea came from my love of Maori myths and legends — and my hate of retail. I’ve also got two little brothers — one was being pretty naughty — and that was the drive for the piece.
– Sophie Henderson on the film’s genesis, in a August 2013 Lumiere interview