A melodramatic black comedy presenting true story of Alfred Benning's murder of his wife, Betty, in 1970's Wellington. Film follows a passive aggressive man (Simon O'Conner) spiraling ...
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A melodramatic black comedy presenting true story of Alfred Benning's murder of his wife, Betty, in 1970's Wellington. Film follows a passive aggressive man (Simon O'Conner) spiraling toward psychosis as his emotionally abusive wife (Geraldine Brophy) threatens to cast his beloved dog out of the house.Written by
While there is no reference in the movie or the credits, this movie is surprising similar to Alfred Hitchcock's 'How to Get Rid of Your Wife' (Alfred Hitchcock Hour). The Hitchcock TV drama is not a black comedy but is very much based on a nagging wife and a passive husband who is pushed to the limit so starts to dig a hole in his garden. It is possible that rather than the movie being based on Hitchcock, Banning got an idea from watching Hitchcock. This is not a movie connection as no reference AT ALL is made by film writers. See more »
Black comedy, the unbelievable yet true story of the murder of Elizabeth Bennet, set in 1970s Wellington, New Zealand.
Thoroughly enjoyable laugh-out-loud black comedy of the murder of Elizabeth Bennett in 1970s, Wellington, New Zealand.
Yes, murder isn't a funny business, especially a true story but this film somehow just makes it work. A roller-coaster ride of long-suffering Alf planning the murder of his wife Elizabeth Bennett and subsequent investigation introduces rich characters include the famous transvestite Carmen who ran for office in the 1970s and detectives who ended up in very high-ranking government positions.
Clever, strong cinematography and editing, you can see the hands that made Underbelly coming through.
An added bonus is a peak into the national psych of New Zealand in the 1970s including the time of the All Blacks Tour of South Africa, paisley ties and church fêtes.
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