Predicament - 2010

Midnight Films - 94 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9312590152405

Cast: Jemaine Clement, Heath Franklin, Hayden Frost, Tim Finn, Rose McIver.
Cinematographer: Simon Raby; Editor: Jonathan Woodford-Robinson; Production Designer: John Harding; Costume Designer: Lesley Burkes-Harding; Original Music: Plan 9; Producer: Sue Rogers; Screenplay: Jason Stutter, based upon R.H. Morrieson novel; Director: Jason Stutter.

A 1930's naive teenager, Cedric, conspires with two misfits to photograph and blackmail adulterous couples. When the scam goes wrong, they end up with blood on their hands. Tortured by lust, roped into blackmail and possibly an accessory to murder, Cedric is in a predicament. This is an adapted crime comedy, from the novel of the same name by Ronald Hugh Morrieson. There is much to like about this film; the production values, the cinematography and especially the music of Plan 9 and Tim Finn, but it would have been helpful if an English subtitle option was available.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B-

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Although the film was shot 2.35:1, the dvd is presented 2.14:1, enhanced for 16:9. The audio is either 5.1 dolby digital or 5.1 dts. Extras include - Interviews with: Jason Stutter (10:17), Jemaine Clement (4:09), Heath Franklin (5:53), Hayden Frost (4:53), Tim Finn (5:40 and Rose McIver (1:35); A "Behind the Scenes" featurette (19:49); Deleted scenes (8:20); A music video featuring Tim Finn and Jemaine Clement (3:11); Bloopers (3:56); Trailer (1:48) and a still image gallery. It is only in English and has no subtitles. Starting 11 May 2011, it was re-issued, selling for about $25nz.

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2011 - AFTA - Simon Raby for Best Cinematography; Plan 9 for Best Original Music in a Feature Film; John Harding for Best Production Design; Lesley Burkes-Harding for Best Costume Design; Angela Mooar for Best Make-Up Design; Sauce VFX for Best Visual Effects.

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