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Two Little Boys - Wellington Film Society


Mon 5 Sep 2016, 6:15pm–8:05pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: R15

Ticket Information:

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(Robert Sarkies, NZ 2012).

Note: screenwriter Duncan Sarkies will be present to introduce the film and for Q&A following the film.

"The concept of mateship figures heavily in our national identity. Our greatest comedy export is a double act of seemingly best buddies, one of whom - Bret McKenzie – appears in this black comedy, which attempts to do for mateship what Psycho did for moteliers and their mums. Well, sort of.

It does suggest throughout its grimly entertaining frequently hilarious duration that mateship can be too much of a good thing – in the case of friends-since-school Nige (McKenzie) and Deano (Hamish Blake of Aussie comedy duo Hamish and Andy) it can turn into very bad thing involving an accidentally killed Norwegian backpacker and efforts to discreetly dispose of his remains in the Southland hinterland. But as with previous body-disposal black comedies like Shallow Grave and Death in Brunswick, the cadaver caper isn't the whole point of this. It's more about how, having made the decision to try to get away with it, the characters cope with the pressure, the guilt, the grim reality. In this case, not too well. Two Little Boys is a long way from being a Flight of the Conchords meets Hamish and Andy movie.

It's the second feature from director-writer brothers Robert and Duncan Sarkies who had much transgressive fun with their 1999 local hit Scarfies, set up the road in Dunedin. Scarfies had the advantage of an ensemble to sustain its energy and a tight spot to enclose them. But there's still something weirdly compelling about Two Little Boys, care of the performances (Blake's especially) and its portrait of mateship gone mad." - Russell Baillie, New Zealand Herald, 20 September 2012.

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