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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 Tina Grenville ... Granny Williamson (as Tina Grenville-Cagwin)
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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,003
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Just what a movie should be - an entertaining night out
27 July 2010 | by pricklepantsSee all my reviews

Ronald Hugh Morrieson's novel Predicament is a humorous, dark tale of the seedy underbelly of a small New Zealand town. This movie keeps the humour and tone of the book while also adding to it a modern freshness to make it relevant to today's audience.

The lead cast all turn in excellent performances, not only to give the movie a great dramatic feel but also to deliver truly comedic moments that lighten what could otherwise, at times, be a pretty dark tale. Hayden Frost is perfect as Cedric, the awkward, friendless, and yet good- hearted teenager. Heath Franklin delivers a great performance as Mervyn, a manipulative and at times slightly threatening bludger. Tim Finn provides some special moments as Cedric's befuddled dad. But for many the highlight will be Jemaine Clement's creepy and yet deeply funny Spook.

A great script and terrific performances aside, this movie also looks fantastic. The art direction and costume design are impressively stylish and make the 30s look like a pretty cool time to be around. On top of this, the cinematography delivers a movie with lush colours and, at times, a darkness that is just perfect for the tone of the movie.

I thoroughly enjoyed my night out seeing this movie during the film festival, and the rest of the audience did too. This movie is bound to become a New Zealand classic and must be seen on the big screen to be truly appreciated.


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