The Most Fun You Can Have Dying

Most Fun You Can Have Dying, The - 2012

Chocolate Fish Pictures - 93 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9312590154652

Cast: Matt Whelan, Roxane Mesquida, Pana Hema-Taylor, Sophie Henderson, Caren Pistorius, Clementine Howe, Colin Moy.
Screenplay: Kirstin Marcon from a novel by Steven Gannaway; Director of Photography: Crighton Bone; Make-up Designer: Deb Watson; Composer: Grayson Gilmour; Casting Directors: Mike and Matt Dwyer; Editor: Peter Roberts; Costume Design: Liz McGregor; Production Design: Bruce Everard; Post Production Producer: Roger Grant; New Zealand Line Producer: Kristian Eek; European Production Manager: Lucas Meyer-Hentschel; European Service Producer: Matthias Kraus; Executive Producer: Timothy White; Producer: Alex Cole-Baker; Director: Kirstin Marcon.

Michael's in a race against time after learning he has only months to live. Stealing his own treatment money, he leaves his loved ones behind and heads to London. Intent on going out in a blur of sex, drugs and mayhem, everything changes when he falls for a mysterious French girl named Sylvie. I found Hema-Taylor character much more likeable than Whelan's, which tended to get in the way of fully enjoying the story. Perhaps concluding with a more homoerotic relationship might have resulted in a better ending. Shot in Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge and Raglan New Zealand, plus London, Paris, Monreal, Mayen, Berlin, Munich, Nice, Monaco, Milan, Venice and Hong Kong.

Censor Rating: R16 - Review rating: B-

The Most Fun You Can Have Dying
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As of 18 July 2012, this title is available on an R4 PAL dvd, which can be purchased from New Zealand sources for $30-35nz. Although the theatrical film is presented 2.35:1, the dvd is presented 1.81:1, enhanced for 16:9. The soundtrack options are either a DD 5.1 or DTS 5.1 English language track. There are no subtitles, although the dvd slick says there are English subtitles. Extras include: four trailers, unrelated to this film; a series of 11 "talking heads" cast and crew "Interviews"(28 minutes) that are strung together as one, instead of organising them as separate segments; an image gallery section. As of 18 July, 2012, there are no versions for any other regions, nor are there any NTSC versions.

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September 2012 RAFFA Awards - International Film Award: ‘The Most Fun You Can Have Dying’, directed by Kirsten Marcon, filmed partly in Raglan. The award acknowledges the accomplishment of producing a highly regarded feature length film on a controversial subject, filmed internationally, on a very tight budget.

2012 - The Unofficial New Zealand 'Moa' Film Awards - Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Score.

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