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The Dig

Short Film (Full Length) – 1994

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Exempt

Noel (Patrick Smyth) and Faith (Kate Harcourt) are happily retired; they while away their time digging into the earth beneath their house and sifting for treasure from the knick-knacks and 'thingamajigs' of history. Then a tremor shakes up “Dad’s excavations”. Adopting a low-dialogue storytelling approach, this reflective tale of finding life and meaning in the small things marked a rare screenwriting credit for Vintner's Luck author Elizabeth Knox (collaborating with director Neil Pardington). It screened as part of Kiwi shorts showcase at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

Mum, what on earth are these?
– Miranda Harcourt’s character, while looking at a box of metal objects in dismay

Key Cast & Crew

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Neil Pardington

Director, Writer, Producer

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Kate Harcourt

As: Faith

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Patrick Smyth

As: Noel

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Di Oliver-Zahl

Producer

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Elizabeth Knox

Writer

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Colin McColl

As: Son-in-Law

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Acknowledgements

Made in association with the QEII Arts Council

Music

Music composed by Andrew Thomas, performed by Andrew Thomas and Janet Roddick

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