Johnny Barker (the infamous 'Ferndale Strangler' from Shortland Street), Jared Kahi and other talented musical mates were hand-picked by Peter Jackson as wildcard finalists for the 2007 48Hours film competition. They went on to win the national prize with Lease, a musical set in a grotty Grey Lynn flat. Each flatmate represents a pop genre; there's mainstream pop guy Matt (Barker), an intense metal head (Kahi) and doe-eyed emo Steve (Brendon Morrow). When their wannabe Elvis landlord announces a rent rise the trio look for a new flatmate. Singer/songwriter Reb Fountain plays one of the hopeful applicants.
No amount of flash gear or money can guarantee a good story, and the varied panel of industry judges won't be fooled by bells and whistles.– Lense Flare team member Jared Kahi on th 48Hours short film competition, The Sunday Star-Times, 30 April 2012
Music written and produced by Johnny Barker, Jared Kahi and Brendon Kahi