Starlight Hotel DVD

Starlight Hotel - 1987

Challenge Films - 95 min.

DVD UPC/EAN # 8856021031859; 9418212012215

Cast: Peter Phelps, Greer Robson, Marshall Napier.
Crew: Screenplay: Grant Hinden Miller; Photography: Warrick Attewell; Editor: Michael Horton; Music: Morton Wilson, Andrew Hagen; Producers: Larry Parr, Finola Dwyer; Director: Sam Pillsbury.

A superbly cinematographed, if thinly scripted adventure, set in rural Otago during the 1930's. It centers on a young and determined Kate (Robson) who runs away from her aunt and uncle to find her father in Wellingon. By chance, she meets up with Patrick (Phelps), a World War I veteran, on the run after attacking a repossession man. They become reluctant traveling companions, each using the other as a cover to elude the law. Meant for a young audience, this "family film" makes for a enjoyable watch. "The Wizard" has a part as the Swaggie, early on in the film. Filmed mostly in central Otago locations, plus Oamaru and Christchurch.

Censor Rating: PG - Review Rating: B-

Starlight Hotel
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Expect used NTSC copies, in good condition, to sell for about $15us.
NOTE: Regarding dvd copies - There have been regular dvd's that originated from Thailand selling for the equiv. of about $10us, but as of 26 January, 2010, I was told that no more are available. For the record, the dvd comes with optional English and Thai language tracks as well as optional English and Thai subtitles. These discs are R0 (All zones), although the box slick says it's R3. The format is its original 1.66:1 with a dolby digital stereo soundtrack.

As of 01 December 2011 an R0 PAL DVD became available from New Zealand sources for about $15nz. It is in its original format without extras or subtitles.

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"...Starlight Hotel is a picaresque tale that charts the unlikely relationship that grows between a 13 year- old tearaway trying to find her father and a psychologically scarred survivor of World War I. For Pillsbury that relationship was the kernel of the film. 'I wanted to show how two selfish people lose self- interest and begin to care. That's a very small thing to make a movie about, but I wanted to see if I could make it work'" - (Brent Lewis, "A moving road movie", New Zealand Listener, April 2, 1988)


North & South Review by Brian McDonnell - June 1988 - For details or copies contact Kakapo Books


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