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Sparrow

Short Film (Full Length) – 2017

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In this 2017 short film, a sensitive young boy learns to stand up for himself after discovering a dark family secret. Set in 1960s New Zealand, Sparrow includes many flashback sequences to Anzac troops fighting in World War II. It was written and directed by Welby Ings, whose subsequent feature film Punch included many of the same themes of boxing, father/son relationships and homophobia. Ings is also a designer, and led the distinctive production design of Sparrow which is present throughout his work. Sparrow enjoyed an international festival run, including festivals in India, North America and the United Kingdom. 

When I was ten I could fly, along barren beaches, above the chill of winter grass.
– Jim looks back on his childhood (opening)

Key Cast & Crew

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Merrick Rillstone

As: Jim

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Paul Glover

As: Stan

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Matthew Arbuckle

As: Gordon

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Robin Murphy

Producer

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Grant McKinnon

Cinematographer

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Welby Ings

Director, Writer, Production Designer

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Acknowledgements

Made in association with Auckland University of Technology, Wallace Media Limited, Rule Foundation, and the NZ Film Commission 
 
Made in association with Auckland University of Technology, Wallace Media Limited, Rule Foundation, and the NZ Film Commission 

Music

Final/closing credits song 'The Deeds of Mercy' composed and performed by Paul McLaney, lyrics by William Shakespeare

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