If you were to accept that the films and TV shows that make their way from New Zealand all the way to the UK give an accurate portrayal of the inhabitants of that antipodean nation it would seem that they live a surreal existence that makes the most far out sketches produced by the Monty Python team seem boringly normal. Films like "Goodbye Pork Pie," "Bad Taste" and anything with Jemaine Clement in, show an element of off the wall craziness in Kiwi society that is very hard to believe.

That is until you remember that New Zealanders think it great fun to throw themselves off bridges and other blatantly silly hobbies and that their rugby team begins each international match by pulling funny faces at the opposition and believing that the other team's players, who are rolling around the ground in fits of giggles, are actually scared of them.

But, believe me, I am not complaining about this. Those cuckoo Kiwis have given the world some excellent moments of cinematic genius that could have only been produced by a seriously deranged people. Right near the top of my list of favourite films from NZ is on the BBC late tonight and, if you have not watched it already, I strongly suggest that you set up the video or your Sky box to record it.

This film is the funniest comedy-horror film I have ever watched. It is even better than "Sean of the Dead," which was British and so you would expect it to be the best. There is some blood and guts but the film is so way out that they are about as frightening as an episode of "The Munsters."

This film is best watched after the consumption of a couple of your favourite tipples in the company of people who laugh at Bin Laden jokes.


VIDEO THIS! — 18 Comments

  1. It’s best watched after a full bottle of your favourite tipple whereby being sufficiently comatose you will spare yourself the pain of wondering why the art of the moving picture was ever created.

  2. As someone married to a New Zealander I’d like to confirm everything you’ve said.
    The rugby player you’ve pictured – an “All Black” (their uniform has white on it) is performing the haka – a Maori war dance taught to her and her school friends at the age of about 8. They can all still all do it…

  3. “…the English films with subtitles.”

    and let’s not forget “Train Spotting” for which I was greatly relieved when the subtitles came on. Unfortunately they were only for the Glaswegian bit but better there than nowhere!

  4. Hey, Americans make such a big thing about democracy and democracy means you are all to blame.

    Fortunately, we voted against democracy in England last week, so I’m totally innocent.

  5. Who am I to believe? Some grandmother from Louisiana or THE President of the United States? And he’s such a nice young man – I’m sure he wouldn’t lie to the rest of the world.

  6. Is this a Good Shepherd Sunday tradition around the MP household?

    I love Shaun of the Dead, so I’ll have to get my hands on this one. Thanks for the tip.

  7. The Haka has moved well beyond the Kiwi All-Blacks, to Pacific Island teams/teams w/ PI member, All Over! [The UHawaii football team—that’s proper US football, the kind that’s carried and passed by hand ;-p—has done it for years]

    Don’t y’all say NUTHIN’ against Kiwi productions. I have one word to say: Xena! <3<3

  8. I am fairly sure that I could not get drunk enough to enjoy this movie and still be awake enough to see it at all. I like some sub titled stuff too. ;;sigh;; I guess I am just that sort of person.


  9. I knew I could count on you, Lisa, to echo my enthusiasm. I suggest you take a killer sheep with you to the next Whitby fest. I don’t know if they hand out prizes but if they do you would surely win.