Russian Snark

Russian Snark - 2010

Godzone Snark Productions - 78 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 9341005001786

Cast: Stephen Papps, Elena Stejko, Stephanie Tauevihi, Peter Rowley, Garry Volk, Rene Naufahu, Te Waimarie Kessell.
Screenwriters: Stephen Sinclair; Director of Photography: Steve Latty; Original Music: David Long, Stephen Gallagher; Editing: Wayne Cook, Paul Maxwell; Production Designer: Lyn Bergquist; Production Manager: Alex Campbell; Costume Designer: Cathy Pope; Post Production Coordinator: Gwen McDonnell; Producer: Liz DiFiore; Director: Stephen Sinclair

Misha, with his wife Nadia, arrives in what he thinks is film-friendly New Zealand to pursue his experimental filmmaking. But they soon discover that it is not as he hoped. His wife pleads with him to find work, but Misha withdraws into himself and gradually descending into madness. Nadia, in desperation, finds work as a stripper which only drives Misha further downhill and drives Nadia to move out. A chance encounter with a Polynesian woman draws Misha from his self-destructive bent and allows him to reconnect with the real world. This commendable effort was filmed in the Auckland, Takapuna, North Shore and Waitakere areas. Recommended.

Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B

Russian Snark
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The NTSC R0 (all regions) dvd is presented 1.82:1 with a 5.1 English soundtrack. There are no obvious chapters, but it is divided into 16 segments. The only subtitles are in English when Russian is spoken. There are no extras, but there is a "Making of" documentary that can be viewed online (see link below). The dvd can be purchased from New Zealand resellers for about $30nz.

Aro Video of Wellington - Recommended NZ reseller

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James Croot's Review in The Press (NZ)

Mark Orton's Review in Otago Daily Times

Peter Calder's NZ Herald Review

Graham Reid DVD Review

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Simon Zhou's Review in The Big Idea

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'Stephen Sinclair: Dilemmas of an Artist' - Background insight to the Production

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Internet Movie Poster Awards


2010 - New Zealand Qantas Film & TV Awards - Stephanie Tauevihi - Best Supporting Actress
2011 - Garden State Film Festival (US) - Best International Film
2012 - Brussels Independent International Film Festival - Grand Award/Best Film

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