This tale of small-town New Zealand in the early 1970s marked screen veteran Pat Robins' second outing as a director. Under pressure to keep an old promise to her mother, Sissy O’Reilly (Poina Te Hiko) bets everything on 11 frames of snooker. With a father she can’t trust (Bruno Lawrence) and a brother who seems interested only in the next beer, Sissy is convinced a local snooker tournament is the only way to secure the future of her whānau’s whenua. The half-hour film provides a nostalgic glimpse at Aotearoa past, and demonstrates Robins' belief that everyday life can be just as dramatic as any Hollywood drama.
She said don’t ever lose my land.– Sissy O'Reilly (Poina Te Hiko)
Made in association with the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission, and Television New Zealand Commissioned Independent Productions