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From the last place on earth comes a true story of courage and survival.
Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Karl Urban ... Nick Harvey

Matthew Sunderland ... David Gray
Lois Lawn ... Helen Dickson
Simon Ferry ... Garry Holden
Tandi Wright ... Julie-Anne Bryson
Paul Glover ... Paul Knox

William Kircher ... Stu Guthrie
Georgia Fabish ... Chiquita Holden
Fayth Rasmussen ... Stacey Percy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Bartlett ... Jimmy Dickson
Tony Bishop ... Ross Percy
Baxter Cannell ... Dion Percy
Murray Davidson ... Bank Manager
Dave Dudfield ... AOS / ATS Officer
Nick Duval-Smith ... Brian Wilson
Natalie Ellis ... Dorothy Crimp
Jemima Fallows ... Babe
Fatu Ioane ... Aleki Tali
Brenda Kendall ... Garry Holden's Mother

Richard Knowles ... Rene Aarsen
Thomas Lee-Batley ... Leo Wilson
Finn Liddell ... Jordan Harvey
Stuart Mathieson ... Vic Crimp
Dra McKay ... Heather Dickson
Steven Moore ... Ron Braithwaite
Mark Neilson ... BBQ Mate

Ryan O'Kane ... Darren Buist
Patrick Paynter ... Tim Jamieson

Bruce Phillips ... Chris Cole
Vaughan Slinn ... Russell Anderson
Phoebe Smith ... Jenny Austin
Vanessa Stacey ... Vanessa Percy
Claire Waldron ... Fiona Harvey
Kerrie Waterworth ... Bank Teller
Jacinta Wawatai ... Rewa Bryson
Richard West ... Warren Wilson

Michael Whalley ... Darren Gibbs
Danaka Wheeler ... Jasmine Holden
Ashley Wilson ... Gunshop Owner

Directed by
Robert Sarkies 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bill O'Brien  book "Aramoana: Twenty Two Hours of Terror"
Robert Sarkies 
Graeme Tetley  written by

Produced by
Steven O'Meagher .... producer
Tim White .... producer
Timothy White .... producer
Original Music by
Victoria Kelly 
Cinematography by
Greig Fraser 
Film Editing by
Annie Collins 
Casting by
Rachel Bullock 
Production Design by
Philip Ivey 
Art Direction by
David Kolff 
Ken Turner 
Costume Design by
Lesley Burkes-Harding 
Makeup Department
Michele Barber .... additional hair stylist
Michele Barber .... additional makeup artist
Samantha Lyttle .... special makeup effects technician
Linda Wall .... makeup designer
Production Management
Rosemary Dority .... post-production supervisor
Karl Stieglbauer .... unit manager
Helene Takacs .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emma Cross .... second assistant director
Bryon Darling .... third assistant director (as Byron Darling)
Paul Grinder .... first assistant director
Art Department
Andrew Burdan .... storyboard artist
Wade Hannett .... head scenic
Wade Hannett .... paint foreman
Chris Meder .... set dresser
Amy Newbury .... props
Amber Richards .... set dresser
Mike Roberts .... stand-by props
Michael Rodriguez .... art department runner
Rihari Taratoa-Bannister .... set dresser
Kim Turner .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Christian Biegai .... adr editor
Hayden Collow .... sound effects editor
Corrin Ellingford .... boom operator
Michael Hedges .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Junovich .... score engineer
Robyn McFarlane .... foley recordist
Polly McKinnon .... adr supervisor
Carolyn McLaughlin .... foley artist
Peter Mills .... foley editor
Ken Saville .... sound recordist
Justin Webster .... adr recordist
Justin Webster .... assistant sound editor
Dave Whitehead .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Gunner Ashford .... armourer
Gunner Ashford .... special effects coordinator
Robert Young .... armourer assistant
Robert Young .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Dan Ashton .... scanning and recording technician: Weta Digital
Nick Booth .... scanning and recording supervisor: Weta Digital
Mara Bryan .... visual effects supervisor
Lars Cawley .... digital artist
Abigail Gee .... digital artist
David Hampton .... scanning and recording technician: Weta Digital
Jacob Leaf .... digital artist
Carol Petrie .... visual effects coordinator:
George Port .... visual effects supervisor
Abigail Scollay .... digital compositor
Jon Thorsen .... camera td
Pania Williams .... visual effects artist
Pete Williams .... scanning and recording manager: Weta Digital
Augie Davis .... stunt coordinator
Paul Shapcott .... stunt performer
Min Windle .... stunt performer
Tim Wong .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Allanson .... second unit: focus puller
Dion Anderson .... lighting technician
Jamie Couper .... lighting technician
Peter Cunningham .... first assistant camera
Craig Farrand .... lighting technician
Samuel Fordham .... lighting technician
Gerald Morse .... gaffer
Ben Rowsell .... second assistant camera
Alan Wilson .... best boy
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Rogers .... costume ager
Editorial Department
Rhys Bonney .... assistant editor
Mark Hawthorne .... first assistant editor
David Hollingsworth .... colorist
Music Department
Graham Kennedy .... music recording engineer
Nigel Scott .... additional music coordinator
Other crew
Chris Besseling .... uk marketing executive: metrodome
Valerie Campbell .... production assistant
Alex Cole-Baker .... post-production accountant
Joseph Gordon .... loop group voice
Kimberly Logan .... location manager (as Kim Logan)
Shanon Moratti .... title designer
Megan Powlds .... production assistant (as Megan Fowlds)
Vanessa Redmond .... production coordinator
Jackie Sullivan .... script supervisor
Molly Sullivan-Stevens .... production assistant
Andy Wickens .... rushes liaison
Donna Wills .... production accountant
Andrew Mackie .... thanks

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103 min | Canada:100 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When David Gray is tuning the radio, we can briefly hear: the 1984 song "Pink Frost" by Dunedin band The Chills, 4XD Gold, the former name of Radio Dunedin, and David Lange, Prime Minister of New Zealand until 1989.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Guthrie is on the radio while driving to Aramoana he says David Gray is 37. Gray was 33 at the time.See more »
Stu Guthrie:If you're approached by this person with an automatic weapon, you are to identify him. Call on him to surrender. If he doesn't, he has to be shot.See more »


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49 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Out of the Blue, 12 October 2006
Author: sonofmunson from New Zealand

On November 13 1990, David Gray, an unemployed recluse, shot dead 13 people in the small coastal hamlet of Aramoana near Dunedin.

There was much conjecture about whether it was a good idea for someone to make a film about this tragic incident but it has been made and, for the most part, it has been made well.

Robert Sarkies, in a return to form after his well received first feature Scarfies, has created an amazing work of art. The opening shots of Aramoana are breath taking, and the cinematography throughout the film follows suit. The beauty of the scenery only serves to juxtapose the ugly events which take place over those 22 hours of terror.

Using Bill O' Brien's book Aramoana, Sarkies and co-writer Graeme Tetley have crafted a screenplay which focuses on subtlety and nuance. Sarkies intelligently uses these subtleties in several scenes involving Gray. Blurred camera work when Gray is on screen not only show his blurred take on reality, but also reflects his reportedly poor eyesight.

The cast is above average but two actors stand apart. It would have been inappropriate to have displayed Gray as anything but a monster, but Matthew Sunderland is able to give Gray a certain sense of pathos. His portrayal of the paranoid schizophrenic shows the killer to be a shell of a man, who has been overtaken by a terrible disease. We find him chilling and repugnant, yet one cannot help but sympathise with a person who has become so inhuman he appears more animal than man.

The other standout performance comes from Karl Urban as policeman Nick Harvey - one of the first officers on the scene. His eyes display the mixture of fear, confusion and disbelief at what lay before him at Aramoana. Watching him cradle a young girl in his arms, desperately trying to comfort her after she has been shot, is perhaps one of the most touching scenes in a movie crammed full of profound moments.

It is strange to have such a beautiful film made about such a terrible moment in New Zealand history. However, the sensitivity and emotion shown to the tragedy make the film an important commentary on the horrors of modern society. Even in a place like Aramoana, seemingly untainted by the rigours of modern life, can the harsh realities of the world be found and in these moments the human spirit is tested. The people of Aramoana and the emergency services sent to help them are testament to the fact that in the end love and compassion will prevail over the hate and disgust of sick individuals like David Malcolm Gray.

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