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Huhu Attack!

Short Film (Full Length) – 2011

During a slightly disappointing magic show in 1950s New Zealand, a swarm of monstrous huhu grubs take over the town. Amidst the oversize insect madness, Ngaire (Victoria Abbot) and substandard magician (Jeremy Brennan) fall in love, but soon come face to face with fearful civilians. Christchurch writer and director Patrick Gillies has included something for everyone in this short film  music, dance, comedy, romance and flesh hungry monsters. Cinematographer John Chisstoffels joins Gillies for their fourth production together. The score is performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 

It's not a bunny rabbit!
– Derek (Mark Hadlow) upon first sight of the monster huhu

Key Cast & Crew

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Jeremy Brennan

As: Miles

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Victoria Abbott

As: Ngaire

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Michael Bell

Composer, Co-Producer, Musical Director, Sound Mix

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John Chrisstoffels

Cinematographer, Assistant Director

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Patrick Gillies

Director, Editor, Producer, Writer

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Melissa Dodds

Producer, Production Manager

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Produced by

E.H. Productions


E.H. Productions


Produced with the assistance of the Creative Film and Video Fund, a partnership between Creative New Zealand, the NZ Film Commission


Score conducted by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich