The Dead Lands (15) | Close-Up Film Review
May28

The Dead Lands (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Set hundreds of years ago in New Zealand, director Toa Fraser’s film examines the people, spiritual beliefs and even fighting styles of a Māori tribe, with the movie’s dialogue all spoken in the endangered Māori language.

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Field Punishment No 1 (15) Home Ents Review
Apr20

Field Punishment No 1 (15) Home Ents Review

Dir. Peter Burger, New Zealand, 2014, 90 mins Cast: Fraser Brown, Byron Coll, Michael Whalley Field Punishment No 1 is a film that aims to explore the sensitive cause of conscientious objectors during the First World War. Released on ANZAC day, the film’s intentions are clear: conscientious objectors weren’t cowards, far from it, but men who deeply resented war for a multitude of reasons. In the same vein as Peter Weir’s Gallipoli...

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The Insatiable Moon (12A) | Close-Up Film Review
Aug03

The Insatiable Moon (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Rosemary Riddell, New Zealand , 2010, 101 mins Cast : Rawiri Paratene, Sara Wiseman, Greg Johnson This is an unusual story from New Zealand with a magnificent central performance from Maori actor Paratene (best known as the heroine’s grandfather in Whale Rider) . Paratene plays Arthur, self proclaimed second son of God – “I’m just a relly” he says modestly in the Kiwi manner – who is on a quest to find his soul mate...

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