Rurangi - 2020

Autonomouse - 85 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 5060265151614(UK)

Principal Cast: Elz Carrad, Arlo Green, Awhina Rose Henare Ashby, Kirk Torrance, Aroha Rawson, Renee Sheridan, Renee Lyons, Ramon Te Wake, Sonny Tupu, Ross Harper.
Screenplay: Cole Meyers, Oliver Page; Cinematography: Johannes Louis; Editors: Brough Johnson, Daniel Kircher; Music: Lachlan Anderson; Art Direction: Hayley Robertson; Visual Effects Designer: Mardo El-Noor; Sound Designer: Jordan Smith; Make-up Design: Traci Loader; Costume & Makeup Design: Brae Toia; Production Design: Nick Lowry, Henric Matthiesen; Production Manager: Sandani Wijetunge; Producer: Craig Gainsborough; Director: Maxwell Currie.

After skipping town a decade ago, transgender activist Caz Davis (Elz Carrad) returns to the remote politically divided dairy community of Rurangi, hoping to reconnect with his estranged father, who hasn't heard from him since before Caz transitioned. As Caz struggles to reconcile with his roots, he discovers new, life-affirming purpose, spearheading the environmental fight against 'Big Dairy' that's dividing the town. Filmed in Auckland, Ngatea, Thames and Paeroa locations.

Censor Rating: M - Review Rating: B-

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Starting 28 March 2022, a PAL Region 2 DVD became available from UK sources selling for about 13#, however the DVD I received seems to be an all regions disc. It's format is 2:1 with DD 5.1 or 2.0 dolby stereo spoken English, with some Maori, soundtrack. It also has English subtitles and audio description options. Extras include: 6 unrelated trailers, the UK theatrical trailer for Rurangi, short (3 minute each) 'Behind the scenes w/ Elz Carrad' and 'Kaupapa - Our Process'. The disc also includes 5 episodes from the TV series of the movie.

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2020 - Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival - Audience award for best narrative feauture.

2021 - LesGaiCineMad, Madrid International LGBT Film Festival - Jury Prize for best Screenplay

2021 - Melbourne Queer Film Festival - Jury Award for best international feature

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