Swagger of Thieves

Swagger of Thieves

Swagger of Thieves

Julian Boshier's all-access portrait of New Zealand rock institution Head Like a Hole, following Nigel 'Booga' Beazley and Nigel Regan at home, on the road and in full roar.

"Swagger of Thieves director Julian Boshier has worked for half a decade on this film. Sometime during that marathon of bloody-minded perseverance, he has earned the trust and respect of Nigel ‘Booga’ Beazley and Nigel Regan, the ever-collapsing binary stars who are the guts of any HLAH line up. Boshier finds the two men staring down the age with belligerence, vulnerability, shamelessness and honesty. There is no legacy polishing here, and no one’s feelings are spared." (New Zealand International Film Festival)

2017Rating: R16, Nudity, drug use & offensive language106 minsNew Zealand
DocumentaryMusic
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Reviews & comments

Stuff

Stuff

press

It is a stunning achievement. Go see it.

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Stuff

Stuff

press

Artfully told with clever switches between black-and-white and colour and judicious use of archival footage of the Hole in their pomp...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Swagger of Thieves is a tragically engrossing doco to watch.

4.0
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New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Old fans should lap it up.

4.0
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Great story, well told

Last year I was dragged along to this film by my husband. I didn’t know much about Head Like a Hole or their music so didn’t know what to expect – actually I thought I would hate it. But was I wrong …. This film really engages right from the beginning; it’s very funny and you really feel for these guys and Tamzin (Booga’s partner). Actually there is not too...

5.0
0

just kinda awesome

I love kiwi music, but movies about kiwi bands yeah nah. But when I saw this last year at the festival I couldn’t believe how cool this film was. I guess I was scared because the Shihad film was kinda naff, but Swagger of Thieves is not naff. It’s funny, interesting, fast paced and has a huge amount of character plus it’s been filmed over quite a long time...

5.0
0

Compelling & Original

For a New Zealand film, Swagger of Thieves is quite remarkable. It really is a world-class documentary, with an incredibly engaging story and very engaging characters. A great mix of drama, pathology, music and landscape. It's endearing and very funny but also quite emotional and tragic. I saw this during the 2017 festival and I'll go see it again. I'm not...

5.0
0

THIS IS BRILLIANT

Whether you're into the music of Head Like a Hole or not, it doesn't matter.....This film is a must see. Beautifully shot, it takes you on a behind the scenes journey through the highs and lows of being in an iconic yet sometimes struggling New Zealand rock band. Its happy, sad, often hilarious, and brilliant! You come out feeling like you know the band...

5.0
0

Gritty, Intense and goddamn hilarious!

I loved this doco of one of my fave old school NZ bands. It was Gritty, intense and goddam hilarious. It took me back to my youth and those naughty debaucherous gigs. If your a fan of HLAH go see it and if your not, go anyway because is brilliant.

5.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

It is a stunning achievement. Go see it.

0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Artfully told with clever switches between black-and-white and colour and judicious use of archival footage of the Hole in their pomp...

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Swagger of Thieves is a tragically engrossing doco to watch.

4.0
0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Old fans should lap it up.

4.0
0

Great story, well told

Last year I was dragged along to this film by my husband. I didn’t know much about Head Like a Hole or their music so didn’t know what to expect – actually I thought I would hate it. But was I wrong …. This film really engages right from the beginning; it’s very funny and you really feel for these guys and Tamzin (Booga’s partner). Actually there is not...

5.0
0

just kinda awesome

I love kiwi music, but movies about kiwi bands yeah nah. But when I saw this last year at the festival I couldn’t believe how cool this film was. I guess I was scared because the Shihad film was kinda naff, but Swagger of Thieves is not naff. It’s funny, interesting, fast paced and has a huge amount of character plus it’s been filmed over quite a long...

5.0
0

Compelling & Original

For a New Zealand film, Swagger of Thieves is quite remarkable. It really is a world-class documentary, with an incredibly engaging story and very engaging characters. A great mix of drama, pathology, music and landscape. It's endearing and very funny but also quite emotional and tragic. I saw this during the 2017 festival and I'll go see it again. I'm...

5.0
0

THIS IS BRILLIANT

Whether you're into the music of Head Like a Hole or not, it doesn't matter.....This film is a must see. Beautifully shot, it takes you on a behind the scenes journey through the highs and lows of being in an iconic yet sometimes struggling New Zealand rock band. Its happy, sad, often hilarious, and brilliant! You come out feeling like you know the band...

5.0
0

Gritty, Intense and goddamn hilarious!

I loved this doco of one of my fave old school NZ bands. It was Gritty, intense and goddam hilarious. It took me back to my youth and those naughty debaucherous gigs. If your a fan of HLAH go see it and if your not, go anyway because is brilliant.

5.0
0