Hook, Line & Sinker

Hook, Line & Sinker - 2011

Torchlight Film Productions - 108 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # - 9341005001779

Cast: Rangimoana Taylor, Geraldine Brophy, Carmel McGlone, KC Kelly, Matthew Chamberlain, Elizabeth McMenamin, Eli Kent, Alan Palmer, Kate Harcourt, Jon Gabites, Allan Henry, Mason Branch.
Screenwriters: Shane Loader, Andrea Bosshard; Camera and Lighting Director: Deane Cronin; Original Music: Plan 9 (David Donaldson, Steve Roche, Janet Roddick); Editing: Annie Collins; Production Designer: Trixie Woodill; Production Manager: Rebecca Moore; Producers: Jeremy Macey, Shane Loader, Andrea Bosshard; Directors: Shane Loader, Andrea Bosshard

PJ is a truckdriver with a workingman's pride in his job. His partner Ronnie, her two kids bordering on adulthood, singing at the local pub and fishing with his best mate Jono, for the backbone of his modest existence. But when he fails a mandatory eye test and loses his driving licence, PJ's life unravels. In the face of his imminent future as a blind man, the ever progmatic Ronnie upscales her wedding dress business with the help of her ambitious older sister Bernadette to become the breadwinner of the family. This very low budget feature, with excellent acting and production values, is a character-driven story of these times shot at various Wellington locations by the same team that produced the very low budget surprise 2008 hit, 'Taking the Waewae Express'. Definately Recommended.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B

Hook, Line & Sinker
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The PAL R0 DVD is presented 1.78:1 with dolby digital 2.0 and 5.1 surround English soundtracks. There are two editions of HOOK, LINE & SINKER available. The Basic Edition includes only the film and sells for $30-35nz. The Special Edition DVD is the first New Zealand film to be released on DVD with audio-description for the visually impaired and closed captioning for the aurally impaired (feature film only - not the extras). The Special Edition also includes interviews with: directors Andrea Bosshard & Shane Loader (21:20), actors Geraldine Brophy (6:25), Matthew Chamberlain (7:26) and K.C. Kelly (6:10) plus editor Annie Collins (3:37). It also contains an 8 minute explanation of macular degeneration by Ophthalmologist Dr. Dianne Sharp and a 10 minute discussion, led by retired newsreader Philip Sherry, with actor Rangimoana Taylor and Viv Jones, who has macular degeneration. There are also four deleted scenes (4:15 minutes) and trailers for: 'Hook Line & Sinker', 'Taking the Waewae Express', 'Operation 8', 'Someone Else's Country' and 'The Hollow Men'. The Special Edition dvd sells for $40nz.

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