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Event 16 (2006)

Matt, a young inventor on the cusp of a breakthrough creation in his garage workshop, is about to lose his girlfriend due to his obsession, when an 1893 cat strolls into the workshop ... See full summary »


Derek Pearson


Derek Pearson




Credited cast:
Captain Bung-eye Captain Bung-eye ... Ally cat
Andrea Chapman Andrea Chapman ... Restaurant Woman
Jocelyn Christian ... Paige
Kate Fitzroy Kate Fitzroy ... Juno
Ezra Keddell Ezra Keddell ... Carrick
Anne Mackenzie Anne Mackenzie ... Alice the cook
Reuben Morrison ... DJ
Brett Ormsby Brett Ormsby ... Frank
John Porter John Porter ... Barnes
Peter Rutherford Peter Rutherford ... Matt
James C. Stewart James C. Stewart ... Snelling (as James Stewart)
Julian White Julian White ... Logan
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Matt, a young inventor on the cusp of a breakthrough creation in his garage workshop, is about to lose his girlfriend due to his obsession, when an 1893 cat strolls into the workshop through a wall that his invention created. Soon police, undercover agents and murderers are all hunting for Matt and his girlfriend in a race, not only against, but through time. An independent digital feature from another handful of super-talented Kiwis. Written by B.F.

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Did You Know?


The alley cat, Captain Bung-eye, was a rescued cat from the SPCA. There was a year gap between shooting the scene of him in the laboratory to the scene of him in the alley way, during which time he put on a lot of weight. It was suggested that as well as a time machine Matt had invented a new weight loss system See more »


In the past we see the policeman dead in the alley shot through the head. But when his "body" is carried out in a white bloodstained sheet the blood is where his waist would be not his head. See more »

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Derek Pearson's "Bad Taste"
28 July 2006 | by ShuggySee all my reviews

As a person who likes a linear narrative, with clear signals as to who the characters are, I struggled to follow this film. We jump back and forth in time (that was fairly clear, though not enough was done with makeup to age the characters who went in the usual direction at the usual speed), and most of the characters take over each other's bodies at some point or another.

At the second Wellington screening (which I saw yesterday) the director said it was aimed at the Playstation generation, who are used to characters with multiple incarnations. I hope someone who is good at that will explain the narrative to me.

I found the characters fairly engaging, though the two (three?) who seemed to be officials in charge of preventing temporal paradoxes or some such were never quite explained, and even a psychopathic killer needs *some* motivation. The central relationship (geek and girlfriend) was entertainingly unstable.

This movie will look OK on TV. On the big screen you could sometimes see the pixels. The sound was adequate, except that sometimes the synching was enough off that I wondered if it was deliberate, to create a "not really him speaking" effect.

As a Wellingtonian, I enjoyed the images of Wellington in 1893, the present, and the 2020s, and the surreal treatment of most cityscapes.

I'd call this a "Bad Taste" for the 200Xs. It's got the same clunky New Zealand makeshiftness (number 8 wire, we call it), the same homespun characters moving in a world beyond their control.

I predict people will rent this movie more than once or buy it (on DVD in October) to try to figure it out, and go on to watch it cultishly, like "Bad Taste".

Pearson said this movie was effects-driven (as was BT) and his next movie will be more character- and story-driven. I look forward to that, and then to someone giving him some money to make his LOTR, King Kong, etc.

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26 July 2006 (Australia) See more »

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