This Richard Riddiford-directed comedic thriller plays out in pre-crash 80s Auckland with the CBD skyline changing daily, brick-sized phones, shadowy corporations on the rise and the share market on everyone's lips. With a second harbour crossing due to be announced, a telephone operator (future events maestro Mike Mizrahi) and a waitress moonlighting as a dominatrix (Lucy Sheehan) become ensnared in a web of corporate greed and blackmail. Chris Knox contributes the soundtrack, and extensive outdoor sequences include a memorable chase scene at Kelly Tarlton’s.
Zilch! is quirky and offbeat. The opening shot of Lucy Sheehan clad only in a black plastic apron, doing her best dominatrix number with ripe tomatoes in the privacy of someone’s bathroom, lets you know instantly the movie is going to be fascinating.– John Parker, 'Private Investigations', Metro Magazine
Park Avenue Productions
Thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.
Soundtrack by Chris Knox