The ‘OE’ is a Kiwi rite of passage, but for those travelling in a Kombi van, the trip can feel “like mixed flatting in a space the size of a ping-pong table” (Peter Calder). In Kombi Nation, Sal sets off to tour Europe with her older sister and friend; they’re joined by a dodgy male and a TV crew, recording the shenanigans. Shot guerilla style after workshopping with the young cast, Grant Lahood’s well-reviewed second feature anticipated the rise of observational ‘reality TV’, but its release was hindered by the collapse of production company Kahukura Films.
The plan was to be in a guerilla mode really, so we could go anywhere and shoot anything at any time ... so if something came up or something happened we could just cope with it.– Director of photography Simon Riera
Music composed by Plan 9
Includes the songs 'Why Does Love Do This To Me?' and 'Greater Hopes, Greater Expectations', performed by The Exponents and composed by Jordan Luck
'Home Again' (closing credits track) and 'La La Land' composed and performed by Shihad