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A Song of Good (2008)

After committing a shocking crime, Gary Cradle secretly decides to change his life and become a good person. However deciding is one thing, changing a life is another.

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Gregory King

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Gregory King
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Cast

Credited cast:
Gareth Reeves Gareth Reeves ... Gary Cradle
Matthew Sunderland ... Denis
Ian Mune ... Ron Cradle
Danielle Cormack ... Rachel Cradle
Jonathon Hendry Jonathon Hendry ... Glen
Caleb Griffiths Caleb Griffiths ... Laughlin Cradle
Darien Takle Darien Takle ... June Eskleson
Jarod Rawiri ... Howie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karlos Drinkwater ... Mattie
Mark Mitchinson ... Big Eagle
Lee Tuson ... Big Eagle's Mate
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Storyline

A Song Of Good is the story of 28 year old Gary Cradle's struggle to redeem himself after committing a horrific crime. During a desperate burglary to get money for a hit of methamphetamine, Gary is confronted by a middle-aged woman, cornered and scared he overpowers the woman and rapes her. Horrified by this senseless assault, he flees to his home, where he still lives with his recently retired father Ron. After locking himself away in his bedroom, the next morning Gary has a epiphany. He decides he is going to turn his life around and do good in the world. Apart from a drug and alcohol problem, Gary has low self esteem and a unhealthy understanding of the world shaped by his tyrannical father and a rampant and corrupting consumer culture. His struggle to go clean, get a job, stay away from his peer group and help his father and sister won't be easy. Especially while the woman he raped, lives just a few doors down the street. Deciding to change a life is one thing, changing it is ... Written by Headstrong

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2008 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Piesn dobroci See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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I keep thinking about this movie days after watching it - really surprised
27 July 2009 | by castofjSee all my reviews

There are many, many moments that knocked me for dead

The opening sequence had me squirming in my chair, it goes on so long - and I was holding my breath!

The final scene is stunning too. Perfect, perfect way to end it - it doesn't tie it all up neatly but allows the experience to live on denying easy consumption and easy answers!

I love that pink Balaclava too!

and so many great details through it - anyway don't want to spoil

but i can say that I loved the circularity of its narrative structure and the recurring images that come back distorted -

That whole party sequence - brilliant

Anyway i guess I was expecting a low budget fairly straight gritty drama but instead was bowled over by a brave, untidy, deeply disturbing, beautiful trip - yes brilliant stuff but imagine some will hate it, not get it - PITY!


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