When Love Comes features Rena Owen as a once were famous singing star who returns to NZ, in need of reinvention. Staying with a close gay friend (Simon Prast), she is reenergised after meeting a wastral songwriter (Dean O'Gorman) and two loved up young musos (Sophia Hawthorne and Nancy Brunning, the former in her big screen debut). Invited to a slew of North American festivals — including Sundance and Toronto — Garth Maxwell's sun and song-lashed tale won stateside praise for its "energetic direction" (The Hollywood Reporter) and impassioned performances.
When Love Comes is a lot like its partly pop, partly grunge score: A little raucous about the edges but soft and sentimental at the core. Go-for-broke performances by Rena Owen and fast-tracked Dean O’Gorman, add up to some blistering exchanges...– Glenn Lovell in Variety, 22 February 1999
Available on DVD from Products New Zealand
Made with funding from the NZ Film Commission
Music composed and directed by Angus McNaughton, with assistance from Chris Anderton. Soundtrack includes vocals by Sophia Hawthorne, Leza Lee, Sandy Mill and Nancy Brunning
Soundtrack includes tracks by Jan Hellriegel ('Melusine'), Pitch Black ('The Gatherer'), Bic Runga ('Sway'), Mink ('Ride'), Mary ('Golden Halo'), and a remake of Screaming Meemees song 'Stars in My Eyes' performed by Leza Lee