Coming of age crime comedy set in 1930's New Zealand. Adaptation of the Ronald Hugh Morrieson novel.

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Spook
Heath Franklin ...
Mervyn Toebeck
Hayden Frost ...
Cedric Williamson
Tim Finn ...
Martin Williamson
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Maybelle
Edward Newborn ...
Detective Huggins
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Officer Dawson
Chad Mills ...
Blair Bramwell
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Margot Bramwell
Peter Mochrie ...
Vernon Bramwell
Carmel McGlone ...
Rita Zombroni
Hadleigh Walker ...
Ernie Fox
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Naïve teenager Cedric Williamson, conspires with two misfits to photograph and blackmail adulterous couples. When the scam goes wrong they end up with blood on their hands. Tortured by lust, roped into blackmail and possibly an accessory to murder, Cedric is in a predicament. Written by Anonymous

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Three misfits. One murder.

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Why oh Why?
11 September 2010 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The cringe factor is definitely back in New Zealand cinema. This could have been a fantastic story (in fact, the book was.) Betrayal. Blackmail. Dysfunctional characters. Humour. Intrigue. Murder.

But somehow it just didn't hold together. The characters were too stereotypical and evoked too much cringe factor (with the exception of Jemaine Clement's Spook, who injected some genuine fun into the film.) The script lacked a vision for capturing the darkness of the themes of the film (or conversely lacked sufficient humour to make up for the lack of darkness.) Overall it was too light hearted for the themes covered in the story - a story of blackmail, revenge and murder. Such a story required a liberal dose of black humour, but the script barely delves into somewhat-grey humour.

There are genuinely funny moments. But overall it was a disappointment and a missed opportunity to translate Morrieson's dystopian world to the screen.


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