Apron Strings

Apron Strings - 2008

Great Southern Film - 86 min.
DVD UPC/EAN # 9312590150609

Cast: Laila Rouass, Scott Wills, Jennifer Ludlam, Nathan Whitaker, Leela Patel, Jodie Rimmer, Kate Harcourt.
Screenplay: Shuchi Kathari, Dianne Taylor; Director of Photography: Rewa Harre ; Original Music: Mark Petrie; Editing: Dric De Beus; Production Designer: Johnny Hawkins; Costume Design: Nina Edwards; Producers: Rachel Gardner, Angela Littlejohn;
Director: Vaele Sima Urale

A parallel story of two families and two cultures set in suburban Otahuhu. It explores the boundaries of nurture and control, mothering and smothering and how we sometimes have to let go of our individual sense of what is "right" and what is "good". As the Pakeha family struggles to move out of a co-dependent stalemate that stops them from moving forward, the Indian family has to confront misunderstandings and secrets from the past that tore their family apart. English subtitles should have been added to overcome the difficulty non-New Zealanders will have in hearing everything. Recommended.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B-

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It is available R4 PAL from New Zealand retailers for about $20nz or Australian suppliers for about $20au. It is presented 1.83:1, enhanced for 16x9, with 5.1 dolby digital or dts track options. There are no subtitles. Extras include: optional audio commentaries from the director and producer; a 22+ minute "Making of"; seven deleted scenes - 6:07 minutes; a trailer - 1:40 and a still image gallery.

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September 2009 - Qantas Film and Television Awards:
Best Lead Actor - Scott Wills
Best Lead Actress - Jennifer Ludlam
Best Cinematography - Rewa Harre
Best Production Design - Johnny Hawkins

2008 - Cinema des Antipodes - Best Actress - Jennifer Ludlam

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