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Next of Kin

Film (Excerpts) – 1982


After taking over the retirement home formerly run by her late mother, a young woman (Jackie Kerin) starts to worry that a pattern of unexplained deaths and strange visitations is repeating itself. Tony Williams’ cult feature began development as a black comedy about murderous Kiwi caterers, before morphing into this moody gothic mystery — the first horror film directed and written by Kiwis (though it was ultimately shot and set in Australia). Years after winning best film at fantasy festivals in Sitges (Spain) and Paris, fanboy Quentin Tarantino praised it as “mesmerising”.

What you going to do with that big house now Lynda?
– Harry the cook (Tommy Dysart)

Key Cast & Crew

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Tony Williams

Director, Writer

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Robert Le Tet


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Michael Heath


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Bernadette Gibson

As: Rita

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Gerda Nicholson

As: Connie

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Alex Scott

As: Dr Barton

See all 14 credits

Produced by

  • Filmco

  • Film House

  • SIS Productions


Made with the assistance of the NZ Film Commission and the New South Wales Film Corporation


Music by German electronic composer Klaus Schulze
‘Love you like a Pie‘ written and performed by AP Johnson