The Great Maiden's Blush

Great Maiden's Blush, The - 2016

Torchlight Film Productions - 108 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # - 0797776490745

Principal Cast: Renee Lyons, Mirama McDowell, K.C. Kelly, Carl Drake, Ian Lesa, Barnie Duncan, George Fenn, Madeline McNamara.
Screenwriters: Shane Loader, Andrea Bosshard; Cinematgography: Warrick Attewell, Alun Bollinger; Original Music: Plan 9 (David Donaldson, Steve Roche, Janet Roddick); Editing: Annie Collins; Costume Designer: Seraphina Tausilia; Production Managers: Anna-Marie Green, Alana Henderson; Producers: Jeremy Macey, Isobel Mebus, Shane Loader, Andrea Bosshard; Directors: Shane Loader, Andrea Bosshard

Two first-time single mothers, one a taxidriver and girl racer, the other a pianist and gardener, share a room in a post-natal ward after the birth of their babies. A precarious friendship develops between the two, and as they face the challenges of new motherhood, they must also confront their pasts and face the truth of the paternity of their newborn babies. It's a story of friendship, of forgiveness, and the redemptive power of truth. It's a story of new motherhood; of babies and absent fathers; of opera and drag racing, gardening and Schubert. Recommended.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B

The Great Maiden's Blush
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The PAL R0 DVD is presented 1.80:1, 16x9 enhanced, with dolby digital 2.0 and 5.1 surround English soundtracks. There are subtitle options in English, French, German and Spanish. The only extras are five trailers: 'Hook, Line & Sinker', 'Taking the Waewae Express', 'Hot Air', 'The 5th Eye' and 'The Great Maiden's Blush'. It sells for $35nz + shipping. An NTSC version is scheduled, but not availability date as of 03 January 2017.

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2017 - Sydney Festival of World Cinema - Jury Award for Best Feature

2017 - New Zealand Film Awards - Best Self-funded Film, Best Actress(Miriama McDowell).

2016 - Cinema des Antipodes, France - Best Actress (Miriama McDowell).

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