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Russian Snark

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 2010

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Mature

Writer Stephen Sinclair’s feature directing debut was inspired by a Russian couple who sailed to Aotearoa in a lifeboat. From there, he created this witty and unusual love story about Mischa (Stephen Papps) — an uncompromising filmmaker fallen on hard times — and his wife, looking for a country more appreciative of his art. But Mischa also has to reconcile his art with his humanity — with help from his neighbour (Stephanie Tauevihi, in an award-winning performance). The 15 minute making of documentary offers a cautionary tale for creatives looking to work with poultry.

In my films I explore relationship between man and natural world. I have no interest in narrative. Narrative is for children.
– MIscha (Stephen Papps)

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Acknowledgements

Post-production funding from the NZ Film Commission. Funding from Creative New Zealand

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