The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell

The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell


"William McInnes (Look Both Ways, Sea Change) is the can-do barbecue dad of the title in Brendan Donovan’s comedy-drama. He plays a Howick cleaning contractor, whose hopes and dreams include success in local body politics. But his real passion is kart-racing and he’s grooming his teenage sons, 17-year-old Marc and 14-year-old Ed (real-life brothers Josh and William McKenzie), as future motorsport heroes. He’s borrowed so much money to make it all happen that it stretches the love of his wife Gail (Robyn Malcolm of Outrageous Fortune fame) to breaking point. When the boys collide on the track, Gazza’s world is turned upside down, causing a crisis that tears at them all – forcing him to fight to keep his dreams afloat, and his family together." (New Zealand Film Festival 2010)

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Went on sunday and loved it! Moving and funny! McInness is brilliant, as is the rest of the cast. The director managers to balance the tone and humor very well -- A great NZ movie, that stands up with what's on at the moment.

I honestly enjoyed it more then True Grit.

Surprisingly good acting from such a young guy.

I don't care who you are, if you didn't feel the heartache of the characters in this film, then there is something wrong with you.

Much more emotional than I was expecting, but I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to end. Good humour throughout and some pretty decent acting.

I think the brother who played Marc Snell is going to a hit and is one to watch in the future.

I'll be off to see it again for sure.

Well done to all involved. Howick rules!

I saw this movie and enjoyed every moment of it. I had a couple of tears in part of it. :) Good direction and movie.

Took my wife and daughters to see it down here in Christchurch and we all came out smiling.

As my 13 year old said, "It wasn't too long!" I agreed that it was a good story well-told. I never felt that things were dragging on as the pace of the film was wonderful.

The whole audience let out a collective gasp at the crash scene and you could hear plenty of laughter and sobs throughout the rest of the film!!

All up a great piece of NZ filmography showing a side that we don't often get to see on... More the big screen!!

Well done to all involved!!Hide

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