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Coming of age crime comedy set in 1930's New Zealand. Adaptation of the Ronald Hugh Morrieson novel.

Director:

Jason Stutter

Writers:

Ronald Hugh Morrieson (novel), Jason Stutter (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jemaine Clement ... Spook
Heath Franklin Heath Franklin ... Mervyn Toebeck
Hayden Frost Hayden Frost ... Cedric Williamson
Tim Finn Tim Finn ... Martin Williamson
Rose McIver ... Maybelle
Edward Newborn Edward Newborn ... Detective Huggins
David Van Horn ... Officer Dawson
Chad Mills Chad Mills ... Blair Bramwell
Brooke Williams ... Margot Bramwell
Peter Mochrie Peter Mochrie ... Vernon Bramwell
Carmel McGlone Carmel McGlone ... Rita Zombroni
Hadleigh Walker Hadleigh Walker ... Ernie Fox
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Fletcher James Fletcher ... Winker Sanderson
Tina Grenville-Cagwin Tina Grenville-Cagwin ... Granny Williamson
Dennis Hally Dennis Hally ... Constable #1
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Storyline

Naïve teenager Cedric Williamson, conspires with two misfits to photograph and blackmail adulterous couples. When the scam goes wrong they end up with blood on their hands. Tortured by lust, roped into blackmail and possibly an accessory to murder, Cedric is in a predicament. Written by Anonymous

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blackmail | sex | photography | See All (3) »

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Three misfits. One murder.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 2010 (New Zealand) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eltham, New Zealand See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Predicament - a great film!
22 July 2010 | by kingstonkidSee all my reviews

Predicament was a thoroughly enjoyable film. Set in 1930's small town New Zealand and adapted from a Ronald Hugh Morrison novel of the same name, Predicament is a hard film to categorize as it touches on many genres. The overall theme of the film is a crime drama, with a fantastic comedy element woven throughout, which kept the plot intriguing and the characters quirky. What makes the casting and story really interesting is that the main character Cedric (film newcomer Hayden Frost), even when partnered with two fantastic comedy heavyweights Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement, and Heath (Chopper) Franklin, never gets lost in the cast or upstaged as the main character. Both Spook (Jemaine) and Mervyn (Heath) provide lots of character personality, features & flaws that Cedric's character doesn't have, which creates an unlikely trio of mischief that never lets up from the opening to the closing credits. All the supporting actors are great too, including kiwi icon Tim Finn, who plays a great character that adds to poor Cedric's woes. I love fun films and that is exactly what Predicament delivers - by the spade full. Amazing sets, cars & costumes all come to life in the rich vivid colourful directing by Jason Stutter.

My whole family watched predicament when it opened the NZ film festival, and we all loved the film, including my "tweenage" kids who would have been some of the youngest in the audience, yet they too said it was now one of their favourite films. Predicament is a gem of a movie in that it delivered everything I could want from a film - great story, great laughs, great suspense and set to a fantastic musical score, with a catchy new Tim Finn song "Predicament" that I have been singing in my head ever since.


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