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 Rob 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 reviewing Scarfies in Metro, August 1999
Available to buy and rent from NZ Film On Demand
World premiere on 21 July 1999 at the Dunedin Film Festival
Released in New Zealand cinemas on 5 August 1999
Soundtrack features music from label Flying Nun, including songs by The Clean, The Chills, Straitjacket Fits, Look Blue go Purple and The 3Ds