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Penny Black

Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 2015

Billed as a "mix of realism and absurdity", Penny Black follows a self-centred model (Astra McLaren) who is looking after her superhero-obsessed sister. Setting out from Auckland for Wellington so Penny can try to repair her waning career, the duo meet an anarchist (Anton Tennet) who offers new angles on what matters. Partly crowdfunded, partly improvised on location across the North Island, the chalk and cheese tale marked the feature debut of director Joe Hitchcock, who was inspired partly by memories of teen road trips. Alongside the excerpt, a short video captures the film's composers at work.  

You cannot wear a mask in here!
– A supermarket worker gets annoyed at Andi (Toni Garson), in the age before Covid

Key Cast & Crew

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Anton Tennet

As: Guy Dubord

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Fiona Jackson

Writer, Producer, Art Director

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Ben Woollen


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Astra McLaren

As: Penny Black

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Toni Garson

As: Alex

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Joe Hitchcock

Director, Writer, Editor

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Produced by

Jackson Hitchcock


Jackson Hitchcock


Completed with the assistance of a Feature Film Finishing Grant from the NZ Film Commission


Soundtrack composed by the Scorelocks Collective, supervised and produced by Jeremy Mayall
Closing credits song 'What We Love' written by Elizabeth Judd and performed by Porcelaintoy