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Cityscape Magazine Review - 2009 New Zealand International Film Festival

Author: 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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