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Second Hand Wedding (2008)

A small film with a big heart, SECOND HAND WEDDING is a bittersweet dramatic comedy set in the present, in a time when trademe and e-bay threaten the primeval urge for a firsthand crack at ... See full summary »


Paul Murphy


Linda Niccol (screenplay), Nick Ward (idea and original script)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Vivien Bell Vivien Bell ... Gracie Clarefield
Jimmy Best Jimmy Best ... Pedestrian
Nick Blake Nick Blake ... Sign Stealer
Charlie Bleakley ... Martin Fisk
Geraldine Brophy ... Jill Rose
Jed Brophy ... Waz
Tina Cook Tina Cook ... Sugarpuff
Peter Doile Peter Doile ... Baker
Megan Edwards Megan Edwards ... Celebrant
Holly Ewens Holly Ewens ... Florist
Irene Flanagan Irene Flanagan ... Gail
Rachel Forman Rachel Forman ... Young Jill
Sophie Hambleton Sophie Hambleton ... Jane
Kate Harcourt ... Margie
Tanea Heke Tanea Heke ... Rhonda


A small film with a big heart, SECOND HAND WEDDING is a bittersweet dramatic comedy set in the present, in a time when trademe and e-bay threaten the primeval urge for a firsthand crack at the second-hand. Jill keeps the dream alive until she is forced to confront the habits of a lifetime and concede that no bargain is worth her daughter's happiness. Father of the bride, Brian, quips that Cheryl's upcoming wedding will be the first time anyone in the Rose family has given something away - and that's the crux of it. Written by Anonymous

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It's the only time the Rose family has ever given something away


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7 May 2008 (New Zealand) See more »


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2.35 : 1
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Very good film
24 May 2008 | by cameragodSee all my reviews

I went to see this with my wife at the Lighthouse Theater in Petone. I was pleased to see a little Kiwi film so well supported by the sold out audience. Secondhand Wedding didn't disappoint. A tight, funny script with some well delivered acting carefully/skillfully directed.

The lead rolls were all good performances but better than that was the depth of the minor parts. Even the smallest of rolls were handled with skill nobody jarred... well John may have been a bit hammy but he worked it… :) NZ movie acting seems to have come of age.

The lines are funny. At one point I wondered how well it will be received outside of NZ because of the local jokes... and then I wondered if anyone outside of the grater Wellington area would get it but I think there are enough universal truths to make this delightful movie a hit anywhere.

Technically the Viper digital camera it was shot on delivered some good pictures. I doubt anyone seeing it would spot it wasn't shot on film. I did think it could have been graded a bit warmer, the normally fantastic Kapiti sunset was a bit nothing and there seemed to be a few random focus issues but those are minor niggles. I really enjoyed Secondhand Wedding, it was a lighthearted, well done and proves Kiwi's can do comedy and there are niches out there other than horror.

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