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A thriller loosely based on Ian Wishart's book The Paradise Conspiracy, about the mysterious death of a New Zealander who happened upon international banking records after purchasing a used computer.

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Geoff Murphy

Writers:

Geoff Murphy (screenplay), Ian Wishart (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Curtis ... Mort Whitman
Chris Hobbs ... Kevin Jones
Andrea Kelland Andrea Kelland ... Office Clearance Girl
Ian Mune ... Dave Johnson
John Leigh ... Jimmy Blick
Mark Ferguson ... Bill Roberts
Greg Johnson Greg Johnson ... Jonah Levine
Kevin J. Wilson ... Mike Taylor
Alison Bruce ... Sheila Miller
Vincent Ward ... Bill Thorpe
Raybon Kan ... Lester Albright
Paul Barrett Paul Barrett ... George Drake
Geoff Murphy ... Fred
Merata Mita ... Fred's Wife
Miriama Smith ... Ruby Elder
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Investigative journalist Mort Whitman is onto the story of his lifetime, the most important story in the nation. It was huge involving a big pay-off from a multinational bank to a second-hand computer dealer Kevin Jones. Tracing the days leading up to Kevin's suspicious death, Mort reveals Kevin's increasing paranoia and erratic behavior through the eyes of his best mate Jimmy Blick and girlfriend Ruby Elder. What dangerous secrets had he stumbled upon? Did the forces - private security, police, SIS or CIA - that increasingly menaced his life, kill him? Or did he simply drink too much and crash his car? Mort is determined to get to the bottom of it, if it kills him. Written by NZFilm

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 2005 (New Zealand) See more »

Filming Locations:

New South Wales, Australia See more »

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Budget:

NZD 300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Inspired by the death of Paul White, who purchased some old Citibank computer hardware in June 1992 and was killed in unusual circumstances in September (as related in Ian Wishart's non-fiction bestseller "The Paradise Conspiracy"). See more »

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Had potential, but spoiled by average acting and straight weirdness
10 February 2005 | by voiceinsideyouSee all my reviews

It's a shame, because while watching this you can really tell it's got potential. The narration and acting of Cliff Curtis draws you in, and reading a plot summary beforehand creates the element of suspense and intrigue needed.

But alas, the rest of the acting lets it down. Frankly, it was appalling. As if a who's who of New Zealand hospital drama 'Shortland Street' wasn't enough, their overacted, overzealous and bizarre performances lead to a laughable main event. The sole exception is Miriama Smith, whose genuine and warm performance lends contrast to the rest of the cast.

The cinematography is different, the construction is interesting but the screenplay is just strange and leaves you with a mass of confusion and well... a little underwhelmed.

Go see it for a slice of NZ film, just don't go see it for a slice of NZ's BEST film.


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