Director Alison Maclean (Kitchen Sink, Jesus' Son) returned to New Zealand after years abroad for the screen version of Eleanor Catton's debut novel. The psychological drama stars James Rolleston (The Dead Lands) as part of a group of acting students who use a real-life sex scandal involving a tennis coach as creative fuel for a key performance. The cast mixes experienced names (Kerry Fox, who won acclaim for her hectoring drama teacher) with emerging talents (Ella Edward). The soundtrack is by Connan Mockasin. Nominated for 13 Moa Awards, The Rehearsal debuted at the 2016 NZ International Film Festival.
Acting's hard work Stanley; you have to earn my respect.– Hannah (Kerry Fox) to Stanley (James Rolleston)