Christmas - 2003

Severe Features - 87 min.

Cast: David Hornblow, Darien Takle, Helen Pearse-Otene, Tony Waerea, Matthew Sunderland, Kate Sullivan, Czahn Armstrong.
Screenplay: Gregory King; Director of Photography: Virginia Loane; Sound Design: Rachel Shearer ; Editing: Campbell Walker; Production Design: Caroline Faigan; Producer: Leanne Saunders; Director: Gregory King.

I'm not sure what to say about this film. It reminded me of TV documentaries of dysfunctional families where they agree to have a camera crew film (or tape) whatever happens over the course of a number of days. You won't be too challenged by the dialogue, since I think only about half of the film has any. In otherwords, it could have been improved by better editing. It has an amateurish look about it, but I understand that was by design. Different strokes --- you're on your own with this one.

Censor Rating: R16 - Review rating: C-

Christmas Clip
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The R0 PAL DVD was selling in New Zealand for about $20nz and in Australia for about $10au, but as of June 2009, it might be OOP. It is presented in 16:9 and dolby digital 2.0 stereo. The only extras are some short (5:12) "Behind the scenes" clips and an interview with the director. It is suppose to be available R0 NTSC, but as of March 2008, no known North American retail sources.

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