Human Traces

Human Traces

Human Traces

Kiwi filmmaker Nic Gorman's feature debut is a thriller set against the rugged backdrop of the Canterbury and Otago coasts. Stars Sophie Henderson.

"The drama takes place 750 kms south of New Zealand, where husband-and-wife scientist team Sarah (Sophie Henderson) and Glenn (Mark Mitchinson) have been posted to monitor the ecosystem of a remote island. When a mysterious stranger named Pete (Vinnie Bennett) arrives, paranoia and deception begin to disrupt the order. Splitting his film into three chapters, each told from a different character’s perspective, Gorman delights in disorienting his audience. Each new act is designed to reassemble the last: no sooner have you sided with one character than you find your allegiance complicated by the next point of view." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

2017Rating: M, Violence, offensive language & drug use86 minsNew Zealand
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Human Traces / Reviews

Flicks, Tony Stamp

Flicks, Tony Stamp

New Zealand cinema has a history of connecting its rugged landscape to the emotional state of its characters. Utu, The Piano, and The Lord of the Rings are just the tip of the iceberg (or glacier if you will). Human Traces may take place 750kms south of the country but it continues in this tradition, setting its action on a remote island with pathos to spare.

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Variety

Variety

First-time feature writer-director Nic Gorman has delivered a suspenseful, engrossing and very well performed mood piece that marks him as a talent worth watching.

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Stuff

Stuff

This is Christchurch filmmaker Nic Gorman's feature debut as writer-director - and what intelligent writing and directing it is.

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Stuff

Stuff

This is a smart, entertaining, thoughtful and mischievous film with something on its mind and the confidence and know-how to say it. Bravo.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

A surprisingly strong contender for Kiwi film of the year.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Patience is rewarded; as the film returns to the beginning twice more, and fills out the gaps with juicy background information and previously-unseen plot points, the tension is urgently elevated and the story sets into gear.

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