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Film (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras) – 2010


Based on a novel by the late Ronald Hugh Morrieson — whose stories painted hometown Taranaki as a hotbed of colourful characters and dodgy dealings — Predicament is a prohibition-era tale of blackmail, anxiety and criminal partnerships. Awkward teen Cedric (Hayden Frost) meets two oddball misfits (played by Jemaine Clement and Australian comedian Heath 'Chopper' Franklin), and becomes entangled in a plot to blackmail adulterous couples caught in the act. Jason Stutter's film went on to win six Aotearoa Film Awards in 2011.

It got me thinking: if I was to get my hands on a camera, I’d be in a position to profit.
– Spook (Jemaine Clement), to Cedric and Mervyn

Produced by

Midnight Films


Made in association with the NZ Film CommissionNZ On Air, Fulcrum Media Finance and South Taranaki District Council


Music composed and arranged by Plan 9 (David Donaldson, Steve Roche, Janet Roddick)
Music performed by Plan 9 with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conductor Hamish McKeich

‘Predicament’ composed and performed by Tim Finn

‘Nothing Wrong with You’ composed and performed by the Finn Brothers