Writer Stephen Sinclair’s directing debut was inspired by a Russian couple who sailed to NZ 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). Meanwhile, The Making Of is a cautionary tale for any director 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)
Screening in theatres from 16 June 2011
Music composed by David Long and Stephen Gallagher