Set in gritty backstreets somewhere in downtown Auckland, this short film follows the vicissitudes of Evan, a teenager whose life changes when he skips school and meets a beautiful and troubled stranger. Directed by Michael Duignan (A New Way Home) and produced by Rachel Gardner (Apron Strings, A Show of Hands), Truant is a convincing portrayal of that potent mixture of curiosity and desperation peculiar to adolescence. Truant screened at a number of festivals including the prestigious short film festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and the London Film Festival.
When I remember stories in my life they come to me as snatches of images and words and sounds that I piece together in my mind. I hoped to mimic this feeling of remembering in the way we put the film together.– Truant director Michael Duignan
Available on DVD from the Filmshop
Made in association with the Short Film Fund of the NZ Film Commission