This short film marked the directorial debut of actor Michael Hurst. It screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival in a showcase of Kiwi shorts. The title comes from country music legend Hank Williams; more Americana staples — strangers, trains, road trips — are relocated to 1953 New Zealand. 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 Kiwi 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