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Down by the Riverside (2007)

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New Zealand 1920. Five pregnant, unwed girls are sent to a country house to have their children. Twenty years later, the horrific truth is discovered.


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Credited cast:
Shane Burns ...
The Driver
Jo Eggleton ...
Lydia Farley ...
Sophie Andrews
Jordan-Leigh Foulds ...
Ross MacLeod ...
Sidney Harrison
Katya McGeady ...
Young Amelia
Luke McPake ...
Benny Johnson
Axle Ness ...
Walter Cardiff
Lyn Renwick ...
The Nurse
Shelley Riddle ...
Toby Sharpe ...
Owen Smith
Maia Wharawhara ...


An intertwining story of murder and mystery across two decades. In the early twentieth century, several pregnant girls meet in a country house, where they have been sent to give birth and have their children adopted. The girls are never seen by outsiders again. Almost twenty years later, two historians return to the house to research the case, and when the disturbing truth is revealed, the dark story continues. Written by cesare

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2 November 2007 (New Zealand)  »

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Revelation 4:11  »

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NZD 8,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

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2.35 : 1
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The fan in Owen's office was created as an editing afterthought, as something to cut away to during the scene. The fan shot is completely 3D generated and animated. See more »


A modern car is visible in one shot through a background window, in an early scene in the dining room. See more »


[from trailer]
Owen Smith: They found the wife easy enough, that was no problem, she was in the living room with 18 stab wounds to her chest, it was the children they couldn't find. They spent ages looking, weeks, and almost gave up the search. Till an officer went back to the house, and smelt something odd coming from the fireplace. Looked up the chimney, he'd jammed the two children up there.
Amelia: Fortunately for us they found all the bodies...
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References The Big Sleep (1946) See more »


Down by the Riverside
Written by Jeremy Mayall
Performed by Jo Eggleton
Courtesy of One Fat Man productions
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Maybe films that cannot put together essentials, shouldn't be made.
2 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the early twentieth century, several pregnant girls met in a rural birthing house, where they were sent away by their parents, to give birth and adopt away their children. Almost twenty years later, two historians research the horrific story of the girls and find that the unsolved murder mystery is far from over. Was shot in and around the Waikato town of Te Aroha, but would have been better assisted by filming around the Hawke Bay Art Deco areas of Hastings or Napier. The lack of a production manager and art director shows, along with the less than satisfactory sound and lighting results. Yes, I know that is was done on a no-profit, almost no money basis, but maybe films that cannot put together essentials, shouldn't be made. The best aspect of this one is the original score.

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