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Hopeless

Film (Full Length) – 2000

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Mature

Viewable in full, comedy/drama Hopeless is a portrait of Wellington 20-somethings attempting to get along with crushes, exes, and never weres. Well-meaning Ben (Phil Pinner) finds himself becoming relationship therapist to two friends, despite possessing a dangerously unstoppable mouth. Hamstrung by an advertising campaign highlighting Pinner sitting on a toilet, Hopeless won warm reviews. It also offered impressive movie debuts for Mia Blake (No. 2), Scott Wills (Stickmen) and a hilariously unhinged Adam Gardiner (Agent Anna). Spin-off TV series Lovebites followed.

You know whenever there's a pause in the conversation like this one, I feel like commenting on it to fill the gap — like I just did.
– Ben (Phil Pinner) to the mysterious foriegn woman (Sally Stockwell) he has just met

Key Cast & Crew

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Scott Wills

As: Phil Hope

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Phil Pinner

As: Ben

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Sean Molloy

Writer

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Larry Parr

Producer

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Steve Hickey

Writer, Director

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Mia Blake

As: Maryann

See all 26 credits

Produced by

Kahukura Productions

Acknowledgements

Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission, in association with NZ On Air

Music

Music composed by Sam Negri and Jeremy Geor

Closing song 'Wish It All Away' by Eye TV

Soundtrack includes tracks by The Exponents ('Erotic', Sink Like a Stone'), Strawpeople ('Equator'), Garageland ('Come Back'), Stereobus ('Lie in the Arms'), Tex Pistol ('The Game of Love'), Fur Patrol ('Not Your Girl') and Dave Dobbyn ('Waiting')

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