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12 October 2006 (New Zealand) See more »
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 »
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6 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Astonishingly powerful See more (21 total) »


  (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
Timothy White .... producer (as Tim White)
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
Chris Meder .... set dresser
Amy Newbury .... props
Paul Ny .... scenic painter
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
Helene Takacs .... assistant production coordinator
Andy Wickens .... rushes liaison
Donna Wills .... production accountant
Andrew Mackie .... thanks

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

Chris Cole is wearing a T-shirt that says: "Save our beach. Stop the smelter." This refers to the late 1970s proposal to build an aluminum smelter at Aramoana, which would have destroyed the township and threatened a local wildlife reserve, and met with a lot of resistance from residents.See more »
Anachronisms: The roads at Aramoana and the road to Port Chalmers were all unsealed gravel in 1990. The subsequently sealed roads are visible in the film, like when Bryson is fleeing Gray in the van, and when Guthrie and Anderson arrive in Aramoana.See more »
Stacey Percy:Please don't shoot me, umph. Please don't.
Paul Knox:I'm not going to shoot you, sweetie.
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Astonishingly powerful, 30 June 2008
Author: TrevorAclea from London, England

Released completely under the radar in the UK and only grossing a truly pitiful $728 in its one US engagement, Robert Sarkies' Out of the Blue is one of the most cruelly overlooked films of recent years. The material doesn't sound too promising – a true story about a eccentric loaner in the ramshackle New Zealand coastal town of Aramoana who went on a 22-hour shooting rampage and killed 13 people, including four children, in 1990. The crime was all the more shocking in a country with such a low crime rate: this was the sort of thing that happened in other countries. (Their previous worst mass murderer had been Stan Graham, who murdered seven people in 1942, the subject of 1991's excellent and similarly underseen Bad Blood).

The potential for exploitation or cheap TV movie of the week dramatics was certainly there, yet the film is made with such understated sincerity, putting the focus firmly on the victims and the community – not just Karl Urban's smalltown cop completely out of his depth as he's unable to help people he knows and loves but also unlikely real-life heroine in 72-year old Helen Dickson, who dragged herself back and forth through a ditch to bring help and comfort to one of the victims. It's the sheer ordinariness of how they cope that is so devastating. The performances are all naturalistic and utterly convincing, only adding to the power in a quietly heartbreaking scene in the back of a police car where Karl Urban's cop whispers a bedtime story to a wounded child as his partner blankly holds a dead child in his arms.

As a sidenote, it's interesting how much of the film works as a (presumably unintentional) critique of Paul Greengrass' cheapjack technique. There's an interesting use of sound design that occasionally briefly removes elements from the soundtrack to create a sense that something isn't quite right and an intelligent use of hand-held camera from Greig Fraser that doesn't equate slipping in and out of focus and constantly missing the action with veracity Paul Greengrass style but uses it much more subtly. While the townspeople and cops are shot with a hand-held camera as if it were mounted on a tripod or a dolly to give an understated slight vitality rather than advertise itself, the killer is mostly shot from a tripod in relatively static takes subtly setting him apart from the community he ultimately turns on. It's not about drawing attention to the technique (and by proxy the director) but putting you into the film, the style all but invisible and in the service of the story and the characters. Nor does Sarkies feel the need to demonise any of the victims (as Greengrass did in United 93 to a German passenger whose family chose not to co-operate with his film) to add some cheap fictional drama and conflict to make the film 'play' better: this isn't about producing a quick sugar rush at any cost, it's about ordinary, mundane human beings suddenly finding themselves thrown into a overwhelming situation they have no control over and its very real power comes from it's determination not to oversensationalize.

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