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Zilch! Film – 1989 Thriller Comedy

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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.

Key Cast & Crew

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Richard Riddiford

Director, Writer, Producer

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Amanda Hocquard

Producer

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Jonathan Dowling

Writer

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

Produced by

  • Park Avenue Productions

  • Vardex Group

Source

Messenger

Messenger Films

Acknowledgements

Thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission.

Music

Soundtrack by Chris Knox