THE BREAKER UPPERERS

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Madeleine Sami and Jackie Van Beek Stars: Madeleine Sami, Jackie Van Beek, James Rolleston, Cecilia Pacquola, Ana Scotney. As Neil Sedaka once sang: “Breaking up is hard to do”, and that is borne out in this quirky, edgy occasionally abrasive and original romcom from New Zealand. People have a pathological fear of breaking off their relationships, so it’s nice to have someone to turn to for help who has no emotional stake in the relationship. And that’s where the titular breaker Upperers come in useful. Chosen to open the 2018 Continue reading

THE DARK HORSE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: James Napier Robertson Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Wayne Hapi, Miriam McDowell, Barry T Hara, Xavier Horan, James Napier Robertson. The New Zealand film industry seems to be punching well above its weight, having produced some marvelous and inspiring pieces of cinema, from Once Were Warriors through to The Piano, Whale Rider, Boy, and even the recent vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows. Now add to that impressive list The Dark Horse. This moving, heartfelt drama about Genesis Potini, a Continue reading