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Penny Black

Film (Trailer and Extras) – 2015

Billed as "an unusual mix of realism and absurdity", Penny Black follows a materialistic supermodel (Astra McLaren) who is forced to become guardian to her superhero-obsessed sister. When the two set out from Auckland for Wellington so Penny Black can try to win back her modelling contract, they meet an anarchist who offers them a whole new angle on what really matters. Partly crowdfunded, partly improvised on location across the North Island, the chalk and cheese tale marked the big screen debut of Joe Hitchcock, who based it partly on road trips he'd taken as a teen.   

...we didn't decide exact locations before the shoot, so backgrounds were influenced by our seemingly random detours, and supporting actors were found on the road wherever we stopped.
– Director and co-writer Joe Hitchcock

Key Cast & Crew

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Joe Hitchcock

Director, Writer, Editor

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Fiona Jackson

Writer, Producer, Art Director

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Sash Nixon

As: Lapwing

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Morgan Albrecht

As: Anita

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Toni Garson

As: Alex

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Astra McLaren

As: Penny Black

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Produced by

Jackson Hitchcock


Jackson Hitchcock


Soundtrack composed by the Scorelocks Collective, supervised by Jeremy Mayall