Living in New Zealand in 1981 amid high racial tension, Willie, a half-Samoan teenager, is coming into his own. With an unpredictable father, Willie spends most of his time working at a department store or taking care of his little brother, Solomon. A chance encounter at work with an eccentric and charming “shopper” named Bennie lures Willie into a world without rules. As Willie begins to find a place in Bennie’s reckless nest of criminals, Solomon grows increasingly vulnerable to their father’s violent tendencies.
Filmmakers Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston have masterfully conjured brilliant performances from Kevin Paulo and Julian Dennison to portray an authentic and powerful story of brotherly love in a harsh world. After awarding them the Jury Prize for International Short Filmmaking in 2010 for The Six Dollar Fifty Man, the Sundance Film Festival is happy to welcome back Sutherland and Albiston for their feature film debut. - A.P., O.J.
About the Directors
Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland have always collaborated on their films. Along with earning a special distinction at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and a special mention at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, their short The Six Dollar Fifty Man won the Jury Prize in International Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and was long-listed for an Academy Award in 2011. Run, Albiston and Sutherland’s second short film, received an honorable mention in 2007 at the Cannes Film Festival.
Cast and Credits
Directors: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland
Screenwriters: Louis Sutherland, Mark Albiston
Producers: Sarah Shaw, Anna McLeish
Cinematographer: Ginny Loane
Editor: Annie Collins
Production Designer: Josh O'Neill
Composer: Grayson Gilmour
Costume Designer: Lucy McLay
Principal Cast: Kevin Paulo, Julian Dennison, Jacek Koman, Alistair Browning
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