The first movie written and directed by playwright Anthony McCarten is a portrait of a family melting down under the media spotlight. The comedy/drama stars Danielle Cormack in two roles — as a swimmer on the cusp of Olympic glory, and as the twin sister back home, looking on as her family descends into spats and bickering as they find the pressure to perform too much to bear. Via Satellite showcases a topline cast, including Tim Balme, Rima Te Wiata, and a scene-stealing and heavily-pregnant Jodie Dorday, who won an NZ TV and Film Award for her work.
...Via Satellite is an effervescent, deftly paced and hilarious gem.– Reviewer Peter Calder, in The NZ Herald, 10 October 1998
World premiere on 17 July 1998 in Wellington's Embassy cinema, as the opening night film of the Wellington Film Festival
Opening tracks 'Tell' and 'Shallow' by The Stereo Bus