This surreal Florian Habicht film took Aotearoa to the arthouse with unprecedented weirdness and wonder. Innocent Gert, who works in a rubbish dump, can't believe his luck when he's told to take his boss's beautiful mute daughter Princess Plum to meet her prospective husband. The two set off through a fairytale far north landscape, encountering freaks and monsters, and experiencing danger and romance. In an unusual reversal, the voices and music for Woodenhead were recorded before filming. Included is a making off documentary. In 2022 a colour version of the film debuted at the NZ International Film Festival.
I chose the fairy tale because it provides an easy-to-follow plot. The filming technique was already experimental enough and I wanted to give the audience something they could sink their teeth into.– Writer/director Florian Habicht in The NZ Herald, 10 February 2004
Composed by Marc Chesterman, with lyrics by Florian Habicht
With additional music by The Ratana Brass Band, Steve Abel, Mardi Potter and Foamy Ed