the great maiden's blush 

the latest feature from Andrea Bosshard & Shane Loader 
the pair behind the critically acclaimed independent features Hook, Line & Sinker (2011) and Taking the Waewae Express (2008)

 

 

WINNER

JURY AWARD
BEST
FEATURE


REEL SYDNEY FESTIVAL  WORLD CINEMA

2017 


NZ NATIONAL
FILM AWARDS

2017 

WINNER

BEST
INDEPENDENT
FEATURE


NZ NATIONAL
FILM AWARDS

2017 

WINNER

BEST ACTRESS
Miriama
McDowell


FESTIVAL DU FILM ANTIPODES

SAINT-TROPEZ

2016

WINNER

BEST ACTRESS
Miriama
McDowell

"The work of a couple of mature filmmakers just dripping with intelligence, flair and vision. This is a sinuous, clever, ambitious, nuanced, layered and gorgeously assembled film. Pay The Great Maiden's Blush the attention it deserves and you'll be rewarded with one of the most beautifully photographed, best sounding and best written films you'll see all year. Bravo."  
Graeme Tuckett Dominion Post

dvd now available 

Our kaupapa is to create a sustainable, vigorous & independent local filmmaking community. Your purchase enables us to invest in future Torchlight Films projects.

 

1 x DVD — $35.00 incl. postage/delivery

 

2 x DVDs — $65.00 incl. postage/delivery

 

3 x DVDs — $95.00 incl. postage/delivery

French, German & Spanish subtitles, & English fo  hearing impaired.

Please note, this is a PAL version which will play in New Zealand, Australia & Europe but NOT Canada and the US. It will however play through a computer in NTSC territories/
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions

download & streaming now available 

Please note that the film can only be streamed or downloaded in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands due to distribution agreements.

The Great Maiden's Blush is a story of friendship, of forgiveness, and the redemptive power of truth. It's a story of new motherhood; of babies and absent fathers; of opera and drag racing, gardening and Schubert.

Two first-time single mothers, one a taxidriver and girl racer, the other a pianist and gardener, share a room in a post-natal ward after the birth of their babies.
A precarious friendship develops between the two, and as they face the challenges of new motherhood, they must also confront their pasts and face the truth of the paternity of their newborn babies.

 

This female-centred story explores territory rich in drama and emotion, which until The Great Maiden's Blush has been neglected as the powerful screen material that it is. (click here for full synopsis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with: Renee Lyons, Miriama McDowell, K.C. Kelly, Ian Lesa, Barnie Duncan,
Carl Drake, George Fenn & Madeline McNamara

directors of photography - Alun Bollinger & Waka Attewell
editor - Annie Collins (Gardening with Soul, Hook, Line & Sinker

music - Plan 9 (Janet Roddick, Steve Roche, David Donaldson)

producers - Jeremy Macey, Andrea Bosshard, Shane Loader & Isobel Mebus

 

 

 

One of the most beautifully photographed, best sounding and best written films you'll see this year

Graeme Tuckett Dominion Post
     



 

 

 

 

 

 

Be wowed by something rare & beautiful

Mandy Hager Kapiti Observer
     



 

 

 

 

 

 

Wonderful! I'm truly impressed!

Dame Fiona Kidman writer
     



 

 

 

 

 

 

A superb drama... full of sensitivity and subtlety. Magnificent!

Bernard Bories Festival des Antipodes, St. Tropez
     



 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving & absorbing... what a beautiful film

Jenny Pattrick author The Denniston Rose
     



 

 

 

the story 
 

miriama mcdowell 
 

WINNER BEST ACTRESS 2017 NZ FILM & TELEVISION AWARDS 

The Great Maiden's Blush

gallery

Edited Image 2015-3-4-13:26:57

Edited Image 2015-3-4-13:26:57

video

Behind the Scenes footage from shooting Block 1

Andrea Bosshard & Shane Loader talk about filmmaking and the the project

Shot on a GH4 and made to look like old Super 8 footage from the 70's.

KC Kelly is trained by Michel Alkhouri in prepartion for his role as an opera singer

ENQUIRIES about distribution, theatrical release & charity screenings, please contact Jeremy Macey or call him at 021 511 415 

© Torchlight Films 2015 designed by Andrea Bosshard