The Other State (Film news etcetera from New Zealand) – August 2009

2 Sep

The Export

This is more Kiwis do good outside of New Zealand – Jemaine Clement stars in the new film from Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) – Gentlemen Broncos. I had to add it. Flight of the Conchords is one of NZ’s most successful cultural exports. So watch as Jemaine channels Patrick Stewart. Plus frightened leaping ocelot.

The Big Picture

District 9 becomes a massive success in New Zealand, as predicted.

A gigantic success in the US with a $37 million opening weekend.

And Australia? Not so much. Australian crowds preferred to see the critically panned rom-com The Ugly Truth. Good taste guys.

The Talent

Armagan Ballantyne – director of the Strength of Water (really good – I will look into Australian release dates for you) gets some attention for her feature debut. Deservedly so.

Lily and Ra is a short Ballantyne created as a part of Art for the World, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Ticket

The filmmakers of The Insatiable Moon have seemingly launched an appeal for lotto tickets to fund the production. The idea is that the public donates lotto tickets, and the production gets to keep any winnings. Interesting. Though the smart cookies at Flicks have pointed out that the filmmakers haven’t supplied any contacts to send your lotto tickets to… perhaps then just an ineffective stunt?

The Future Films

Predicament –Jemaine Clement (again), Aussie comedian Heath Franklin (Chopper – Harden The Fuck Up), Rose McIver (The Lovely Bones) and musician Tim Finn were recently announced as the cast of upcoming film Predicament. The film is described as a crime comedy involving black mail, adultery and murder. And I bet a fair amount of wacky hijinks. Read the press release at the NZ Film Commission site.

Under The Mountain is new adaptation of a classic New Zealand children’s favourite. This is not going to help my fear of volcanoes.

From Book... to TV... to Film

From Book... to TV... to Film

The Expansion Pack

One of my favourite music sites Cheese On Toast has expanded into film reviews. Sure, go ahead and read them, but just remember we’re your favourite film review site.

Until next time!

Morgan Stewart


3 Responses to “The Other State (Film news etcetera from New Zealand) – August 2009”

  1. Ronan September 3, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    thanks morgan. I can’t believe how badly Balibo is doing at the Australian cinema, according to those stats you linked to it’s only pulled in 600 000. Not terrible for an Australian film, but a lot less given all the hype and 5 star reviews surrounding it.

    Under the mountain – going to have check that out.

  2. Morgan Stewart September 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm #

    That is so unfortunate. I’m watching the Strength of Water closely to see how it goes. Good press, but not sure on marketing. Which you may poo poo me for saying has a heck of a lot to do with the success of a film.
    Actually looking forward to Under the Mountain (despite fears. really) I’m hoping it works out. Just to prove we can do good and mainstream at the same time!


  1. The Strength of Water – Australian release « Australian Film Review - December 3, 2009

    […] A piece about the director Armagan Ballantyne – who I have mentioned before in a previous blog […]

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