Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand. Implicated in a murder and framed as a revolutionary conspirator, Smith ... See full summary »
Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians. The film consists of head & ... See full summary »
Michael Henry Wilson
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During a secretive business trip away, Mark learns that his wife Anna is growing restless in what he believed was their happy marriage. Upon his return home, he learns from her that she ... See full summary »
In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education ... See full summary »
This is an excellent documentary on the New Zealand film industry - which has sprung from virtual non-existence into international prominence within less than 15 years, with such productions as Jane Campion's "The Piano" and "An Angel at my Table" and Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures" among a number of films that are equally watchable, if less well-known internationally. Not only does Sam Neill provide interesting insights into what drives New Zealand's filmmakers, and the cultural background (or apparent lack of it!) they come from - it is also a brilliant piece of documentary film-making in its own right. Narrated from a very personal perspective, Sam Neill's comments are both witty and insightful, his presentation lively, at times quirky - and the viewer is left with a much better understanding of what it means to make films in this particular place of the world - as well as an increased admiration for the results of that activity!
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