This short film was a directorial debut for actor Michael Hurst and screened at Cannes (1994) in a Kiwi shorts showcase. The title comes from country music legend Hank Williams; and more Americana staples — strangers, trains, road trips — are relocated to late-1953 NZ. The marriage of a salesman and his wife has ended in tears. With skilful use of flashbacks, Hurst follows their respective paths with some mysterious travelling companions: Hank Williams and a railways inspector. A passing interest in NZ rail history will add context to the conclusion.
Hell, I understand, buddy. When you’re a country and western singer, your girl always leaves you. I’ve used that self same theme in no less than 196 songs.– Hank Williams (Brent MacPherson)
Frame Up Films
Produced with the assistance of the QEII Arts Council of New Zealand.
Soundtrack by Mark Austin and Neil Duncan.