taking the waewae express
BEST FEATURE Wairoa Film Festival 2009
Official Selection Method Fest 2009 LOS ANGELES
Official Selection Auburn International Film Festival for Children & Young Adults 2009
THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED first feature of New Zealand filmmakers Andrea Bosshard and Shane Loader, Taking the Waewae Express is an ensemble, character-based piece, developed using the improvisational processes of British director Mike Leigh. Contemporary, cosmopolitan and multi-lingual, the story addresses: youth’s love affair with cars; accidental death; family expectations and generational conflict.
"I've driven drunk before, I've driven stoned, too fast, spun out heaps of times."
"Yeah, but you never killed anyone."
When Wiremu's younger brother dies in a car accident, blame and bitterness take their toll, and love and loyalty are tested within his circle of friends and family. Nevertheless life goes on. It is still possible to fall in love, to laugh again, to play soccer and to sing. But it takes courage to move on and unless you take the first step, you can’t take the next.
Cast: Matariki Whatarau, Rangimoana Taylor, Evan Hussey, Isaac Heron, Tamati Pere,
Jess Aalton, Susanne Svanberg, Chong Sin Lim, Jacob Renwick-Faauga
Directed by: Andrea Bosshard &Shane Loader
Screenplay: Andrea Bosshard
Cinematography: Deane Cronin
Editor: Shane Loader
Music: Janet Roddick, David Donaldson, Steve Roche
Taking the Waewae Express is that rare independent film blending tears and laughter, the young and the aging, and crossing cultural boundaries joyfully
Andrew Horton, author
Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay
a small digital gem that sparkles with a big emotional impact... [and] does it with restraint and truth as well as a disarming sweetness
a smart script that eschews both cheap dramatics and easy emotional payoffs — packs an authentic emotional punch
Helene Wong, New Zealand Listener
Peter Calder, Auckland Herald
proof of the often-voiced hope that technology will wrest filmmaking from the Hollywood formula mills and put the art back into the hands of inspired independent filmmakers
Mervyn Dykes, Manawatu Standard
brave, funny, terrifically honest and unaffected, big-hearted and smart enough to transcend its non-existent budget
Graeme Tuckett, Dominion Post