Z-Nail Gang (2014)
Director: Anton Steel
Writer: Anton Steel
Producer: Kylie Dellabarca
Stars: Paul Ballard, Paul Barrett, Geoffrey Dolan, Vanessa Rare, Erroll Shand
The first film from director Anton Steel is self-funded, made because of community support in the small town of Te Puke. Based on actual events from the Coromandel in the ‘80s, it follows a small community as they battle for their land.
Consumed by debt, surfer Dave has the rug pulled out from under him when a multi-national corporation shows up in town, intent on mining gold in the hills. Dave’s wife Mareeka isn’t as laid back as Dave, and won’t let the big baddies push them around. She gathers the community around her and pushes back, creating waves that threaten to tear the town, and her marriage, apart.
This is a good-hearted film that doesn’t ever quite hit its marks. The characters are stereotypes from the oddball townsfolk to the overeating cop to the farting Aussie prospectors.
Clearly a passion project, and made on the scent of an oily rag, this is true-blue, number 8 wire, kiwi filmmaking.