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The Insatiable Moon (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 March 2011 (UK)
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When Arthur, self-proclaimed son of God, sets off on a mission to find the Queen of Heaven, his world changes.


Rosemary Riddell


Mike Riddell (screenplay)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rawiri Paratene ... Arthur
Sara Wiseman ... Margaret
Ian Mune ... Norm
Greg Johnson Greg Johnson ... Bob
Mick Innes ... John
Jason Hoyte ... Kevin
Sophie Hakaraia Sophie Hakaraia ... Karen
Sarah Valentine Sarah Valentine ... Penny
Don Linden ... Wal
Lee Tuson ... Pete
Robert McCulley Robert McCulley ... Sandy (as Rob McCulley)
Jimmy Vraniqi Jimmy Vraniqi ... Morrie
Grant McFarland ... Taffy
Andrea Kelland Andrea Kelland ... Bridget
Ray Woolf ... Roger


When Arthur, self-proclaimed son of God, sets off on a mission to find the Queen of Heaven, his world changes.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes you have to let go and see where you end up




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Release Date:

4 March 2011 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand


Box Office


NZD 980,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Did You Know?


Kevin: What do you think of him?
Norm: Aaah... Arthur is either the second son of God or he's as mad as a chook... and he might be a bit of both. But he's a very good man.
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Crazy Credits

[prior to opening credits] Inspired by Arthur of Ponsoby. See more »


Tell the World of His Love in the Heavens
Written and performed by Rawiri Paratene
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Rebuttal of "submissive_element"'s review
6 October 2011 | by mark-179-360743See all my reviews

Review quote: "No I haven't watched the movie yet. The only thing I know about it is the synopsis and the "highly suspicious" reviews about it..." Etc. etc.

I'm an ex professional movie reviewer from the UK now living in the Czech Republic, "submissive_element"'s negative and highly suspicious 'review' suggesting all reviews are a bias from people who worked on the movie or were cast members is complete and utter twaddle.

If you aren't moved by this massively unexpected piece of brilliance, then you're probably dead. For the reviewer in question to say he hasn't even seen the film but suggest it is suspicious is, for my money, simply bad manners. The characters, story, social issues and tribulations contained therein conjour something completely unexpected and magical.

Example: A scene at a paedophiles funeral - with an open floor - where the deceased's friends and the mother of the molested suicide victims speak of the deceased will shock you and stun you for both its raw shock factor, humanity and yet balanced love, and this is not even close to being one of the most thought provoking, endearing scenes in the film.

It's hard to know what to make of the movie, but this isn't a low budget Kiwi flick, it's a huge movie that does more on so many levels than most of the worldwide celluloid output of the past few years. It may have a lower budget than many films, but I've seen movies with a lot more money pumped in to them that don't yield a fraction of the response it raised in me.

To not try and track it down is your loss. I hope "Submissive Element" is reading this review, and does so accordingly.

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