Nearly 100 crew, colleagues, friends, family, film students and industry-ites braved a miserable mid-winter night in Auckland to be the first in the world to see my short film up on the big screen.
The staff at The Academy did a great job and I thought the film looked (and sounded) awesome. The crowd enjoyed a drink beforehand, and many stayed on for a drink and chat afterwards.
Personally, I wasn’t drinking – mainly because I’d spent much of the previous night throwing up due to a stomach bug… (But, hey, “the show went on!”)
Here are some comments about the film from people who’ve seen it:
“A treat of subtlety, layers of innuendo upon layers of expose…”
“Really enjoyed your short – it was slick!”
“[My wife] and I loved your film, the ride home we kept on picking up on little allusions that you have made throughout the story. Very nice… Congratulations on a superb effort.”
“I really enjoyed your film last night. Hopefully it’s the first of many.”
“[My wife] and I very much enjoyed the premier of your first film. It was a thoroughly professional movie and was an excellent script with interesting twists in the presentation. Many thanks for allowing us to be part of the evening.”
“Very well done. You have every reason to be really pleased with yourself.”
“I liked the film immediately… the actors were great. Good direction and editing. Good job.”
“Well done, it’s cool! I really liked it!”
“The look of the film was great, but the story really stood out – loved the twist! What I admired the most is you had a script that wasn’t overly written, pretty minimal dialogue-wise, didn’t feel the need to waffle on and explain everything, good sh*t.”
“I was delighted with the way the film hung together on the big screen. As well as the quality of the sound and images.”
“A strong film… intriguing. The storyline concise and mysterious. The cinematography, acting, sound design were all very good.”
“Loved the twist in the story.”
“Big congrats… You must be thrilled with it. If I was more expert I could offer specific comments – but I just know it looked bloody good!”
“Congratulations on a great accomplishment! I really liked the film – everything was top notch: the writing, directing, acting, cinematography. It looks really good. It seems to me that it would be a great calling card for future work.”
“It’s everything a short film should be, and more. Well crafted, superbly acted, tightly scripted, and just the right length. Technical elements and casting are top-notch.”
“Thanks for the absolute pleasure of your film. Your story was unique, surprising, different. Your look and sets suited the story well. The pace and performances were very good. And there was a wonderfully bizarre and ironic and smart humor to the piece.”
“I loved your film. It looks fantastic.”
Now we just have to get that response from some film festivals… and the judges of the New Zealand Qantas Film & Television Awards!