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Two Cars, One Night

Short Film (Full Length) – 2003


Youngsters Romeo, Ed, and Polly wait in two cars after dark, while their parents are inside drinking. It’s a situation many Kiwis will recognise: cars without parents, outside the pub or rugby club. Soon cross-car rivalry warms to budding friendship. Winning performances, and a tender mix of comedy and romance saw Taika Waititi's tale of a Te Kaha pub carpark become an international hit. Two Cars won a boot-full of awards, launched Waititi’s career, and became only the second New Zealand short to be nominated for an Academy Award. Waititi infamously feigned sleep during the 2005 ceremony.

– Polly (Hutini Waikato) to Romeo (Rangi Ngamoki)

Key Cast & Crew

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Rangi Ngamoki

As: Romeo

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Adam Clark


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Hutini Waikato

As: Polly

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Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards

As: Eddie

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Taika Waititi

Director, Writer

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Catherine Fitzgerald


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Made in association with the Short Film fund of the NZ Film Commission