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Out of the Blue

Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 2006


In November 1990 loner David Gray (played by Matthew Sunderland) killed 13 of his neighbours in the town of Aramoana, near Dunedin. His rampage lasted 22 hours before he was gunned down by police. Out of the Blue is a dramatised reenactment of those traumatic events. Directed by Rob Sarkies and co-written with Graeme Tetley, the film did respectable box office and won most of its categories at the 2008 Qantas Film and TV Awards, including Best Film and Screenplay. Watch an excerpt, interviews and making of material above, and read here about the tragedy, and the decision to turn it into a film.

Warning: excerpt contains realistic gun violence.

It's a powerful piece of work, made more so by a fierce restraint in its delivery. Its makers have shaped a narrative from the haphazard events of that day — and a little before in scenes showing the solitary and angry Gray approaching breaking point — but without making this run to a conventional thriller timetable.
– Russell Baillie, in a five star review of Out of the Blue, The NZ Herald, 5 October 2006

Produced by

  • Desert Road Films

  • Southern Light Films


The filmmakers would like to thank all those involved in this tragedy who kindly shared their stories with us

Made with NZ Film Commission funding, in association with NZ On Air and TV3


Closing credits song 'I Will Not Let You Down' composed and performed by Don McGlashan


Includes songs by The Dudes, Coconut Rough, The Chills, Ruru Karaitiana Quintette and Pixie Williams