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Just Me and Mario Short Film – 1989 Fantasy Drama Comedy

Just Me and Mario

Short Film – 1989 Fantasy Drama Comedy

PG Parental Guidance
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Director Greg Stitt's 50min short sees actor Mark Hadlow playing Kevin: a pie cart worker obsessed with the singer Mario Lanza. Kevin's idolatry turns into an identity crisis as operatic-scale fantasising clashes with his meek disposition. Further complications arise from a friendship with his brash punk neighbour, and from stage fright ahead of a fundraiser for Kev's Lanza fan club (Lanza also had a noteworthy teenage fan club in Heavenly Creatures). Will Kev get his Susan Boyle moment? The black comedy was written with Scarecrow scribe Michael Heath.

The film is totally stylised, but still very truthful and about real types of people. We see Kevin's perceptions of the colourful, over the top characters around him.
– Greg Stitt, Onfilm magazine, June 1989

Produced by

Pointy Head Pictures

Acknowledgements

 

Made in association with the NZ Film Commission Short Film Fund