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Special Crimes Unit

Short Film (Full Length) – 2003

The 48 Hour Film Project hit Aotearoa in 2003, two years after it began in Washington, D.C. The short film contest slowly expanded across the US and the globe (a rival contest, 48 Go Green/48FILM Project, ran for a decade). Kiwi Ant Timpson launched an independent New Zealand 48Hours contest in 2004, so inaugural winner Special Crimes Unit was the only winning Kiwi film that got to compete at the international event (where it was runner-up). Directing this comedy about inept cops on the trail of a music-related murder was Gerard Johnstone, who later won acclaim for The Jacquie Brown Diaries and comedy horror Housebound.

...if there's one thing I hate more than lame-arsed cops such as yourselves, it's dirty cops.
– The chief (Nick Bell-Booth), to Detectives Rosco and Spasgetty

Key Cast & Crew

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Josh Hetherington

As: Gnarly Watson

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Ryan Lampp

As: Detective Spasgetty

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Angela Adams

Producer

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Nick Bell-Booth

As: Police Chief

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Glen-Paul Waru

As: Detective Rosco

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Gerard Johnstone

Director, Writer, Editor, Producer, As: Detective Rheinhold

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Produced by

Team Crash Zoom

Source

48Hours

Music

Opening song 'Japanese Eye' and closing song 'Not for Your Brother' both performed by The Larry Normans

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