Berlin Film Festival-winning coming-of-age drama set in 1981 New Zealand. The small-town life of half-Samoan Willie is dominated by an enthusiasm for muscle cars, domestic abuse and a boring retail job until a more glamorous lifestyle presents itself. Shot in Wellington and the Kapiti Coast, this is the feature debut from writer-directors Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland whose previous short film Six Dollar Fifty Man won Best Short at Sundance 2010.
After a chance encounter with charismatic thief Bennie and his close-knit gang of 'shoppers', Willie is seduced into a criminal world that allows him to escape mounting tensions with his volatile father. But as Bennie's hold over him grows, Willie finds himself in over his head.
Best Film, Best Director (Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston), Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Julian Dennison) and Best Supporting Actress (Laura Petersen) at the 2013 NZ Film Awards. Grand Prix (of the Generation 14plus International Jury) at Berlin International Film Festival 2013.
2013Rating: R16, Violence,offensive language and drug use100 minsNew Zealand
In this coming-of-age drama set in 1981 New Zealand, the small-town life of half-Samoan Willie is dominated by an enthusiasm for muscle cars, domestic abuse and a boring retail job until a more glamorous lifestyle presents itself.
A rarely explored sociopolitical context that bristles with racial tension lends raw vitality to coming-of-ager “Shopping,” a rough-hewn but confident first feature from New Zealand duo Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland.