In Scarfies, five Dunedin students find themselves in a free squat, and a dark place, after taking a criminal captive in their basement. The debut feature from Robert Sarkies starts as a comic tribute to Otago student days, then turns into a psychological thriller. Outside of the two Warriors movies, Scarfies was the most successful Kiwi release of the 90s on home turf. It went on to scoop best film, director and screenplay awards at the 2000 NZ Film and TV Awards. This excerpt sees the scarfies torn between dealing with the crim and a footy match at Carisbrook.
Go and see this film — not out of loyalty to the local industry but because it is genuinely funny.– Graham Adams, Metro, August 1999
Originally released in New Zealand cinemas on 5 August 1999
Made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission in association with NZ On Air and Film 2 (TVNZ).
Soundtrack mainly comprised of tracks from label Flying Nun: including tracks by The Clean, The Chills, Straitjacket Fits, Look Blue Go Purple and The 3Ds