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Hotshotz Television (Full Length) – 1989 Adventure Children

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Future Shortland Streeter Craig Parker features in this tale centred on a group of young teens fascinated by radio-controlled car racing. Screening as a TV series, Hotshotz was also recut into this telefilm. The "swift and slick" tale (The Listener) sees the teens setting out to foil a criminal gang, as a kidnapping sets the scene for espionage and counterfeiting. In scenes that echo modern-day drone use, a remote controlled model helicopter equipped with a camera plays a key role in the story’s resolution. Veteran writer Ken Catran contributed to a title that sold in 25 territories.      

Hotshotz sometimes looked like turning into a cross between a Shell Shop catalogue and a cargo cult ...But Murray Duncan's conception of a high-gloss, high-tech world gave the series much of its energy and a good deal of its style.
– David Hill in a Listener review, 16 September 1989, Page 62