Cityscape Magazine Review - 2009 New Zealand International Film Festival
stef-145 from New Zealand
13 April 2010
No Petrol, No Diesel! is a sheer work of art. made on a very limited
budget, the movie delighted the entire audience the night I saw it. The
storyline works well and keeps us holding on for more right to the very
end. Humour? can't fault it. no Petrol, No Diesel! maintains humor
levels throughout, which is quite a feat in any movie. It is quite
hilarious, from gentle snigger's to laugh-out-loud one-liners. Local
actor Mark Hadlow does a brilliant job in the truly dislike-able Mr
Bligh, a role he obviously relished, while David McPhail's laid back
small-town policeman, is great stuff. The film also stars Jim Moriarty
as Oscar Devlin who returns from USA to take over the Temuka service
Station left to him by his adoptive father Rex. Consummate actress
Helen Pearse-Otene plays Oscars adoptive sister.
As in his previous film The Waimate Conspiracy, Stef Harris has once
again highlighted social issues. In No Petrol, No Diesel! the
underlying theme is the starvation of rural communities by the big
corporates. Here however the little guy comes out on top. We wouldn't
have expected anything else from this superb piece of thought-provoking
entertainment, now would we?
I loved this movie and have already recommended it to friends.
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