Filmshop sells independent New Zealand films and television programmes that celebrate New Zealand’s
culture, history and values. We are adding new titles all the time, so check back in with us regularly.

Browse the Filmshop Store

Drama

Pages: 1 2 3

Tankbusters

Price: NZ$35.95

This price is for home use only.
Libraries and institutions etc., price on request.

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 31 mins
Year: 1969

Cast in the local pub, amongst a group of friends, “Tankbusters” became a first in several respects.

Additional Description More Details

Geoff Murphy’s “first film with sound”, the first NZ drama to sell into international markets… and the first film to use the “mumblefuck” acting style. Opting to break all the rules of the then conventional stage to screen acting style (possibly to the resentment of stage-to-screen actors of the time), the cast was led by the most experienced (Stephen O’Rourke) in a how-not-to acting class. This was later adopted as a new standard for New Zealand dramas.

Shot on weekends over a nine month period, this now classic film caused a sensation on a budget of $4000.

Tankbusters first screened on NZ Television New Years Eve 1970.

SKU 043001

Quantity
Loading Updating cart…

Fish Skin Suit

Price: NZ$35.95

This price is for home use only.
Libraries and institutions etc., price on request.

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 44 mins
Year: 2000
Rating: [PG]

While playing at the beach with their grandmother two children (Heremaia and Rata) witness an Elvis impersonator (Moses Brown – The Fishman) walk out of the sea.

Additional Description More Details

They believe him to be the half fish, half man lover of Hine-Tai an island princess from ancient legend.

“True love is rare, but when you find it tell your darling you love her each and everyday. Hold on, hold on tight.”
Moses Brown – The Fishman

In the sleepy main street he befriends the children’s mother (Mere) who has just given her husband (Toa) an ultimatum. Heremaia believes his parents have opposites disease. Failing his wife yet again he is confronted by The Fishman in the local pub. Toa wins the fight but it is the Fishman who wins the woman.

Mere takes The Fishman home and serves flounder for dinner, but when she’s in the kitchen he discards the fish, possibly a distant relative. He confesses that he is highly attracted to Mere which makes her feel awkward and he is asked to leave.

Next day Toa returns home but his bags are waiting for him, Mere has had enough. The children run home to find Rata’s birth mother (Aunty Libby) back from Australia. Mere disappears and is seen by Toa kissing the Fishman at the beach.

A family dinner is held to try and mend the wounds but Toa’s emotions get the better of him and it ends in disaster. Mere visits The Fishman to warn that his life is in danger and that she will not be leaving with him. As a cold damp day ends, Rata and Aunt Libby have been missing for hours. When Mere finds them Libby makes clear her true intentions. She wants to take Rata to live in Sydney.

A huge night arrives for the village as they celebrate Nan’s birthday at the town hall. The Fishman however has his own agenda and pledges in front of all, his love for Mere. Toa has had enough but through the confusion The Fishman makes his escape to the beach. He is joined by a confused Heremaia. Together they swim towards Hine-Tai’s island nestle off the coast.

The whole family runs to the beach but it’s to late they only find Heremaia’s shoes. Toa swims into the deep in search of his son. Mere wades into the shallows and wails to the ancient gods that her son be spared. Like a miracle from the heavens, Heremaia rises from the dark depths holding the guitar of The Fishman who cannot be found. The family sits silently on the shoreline shaken by what has happened. Nan speaks for the first time in years.

“Nan says no one can undo a family woven together by wind and sea because there are no strings attached.”
Heremaia Knight

SKU 017001

Quantity
Loading Updating cart…

Duggan – Sins of the Fathers

Price: NZ$40.95

This price is for home use only.
Libraries and institutions etc., price on request.

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 90 mins
Year: 1998
Rating: [M]

Available in New Zealand only.

DUGGAN – SINS OF THE FATHERS, a new, gripping detective drama, is set in New Zealand’s picturesque Marlborough Sounds.

Additional Description More Details

When a plane crashes into the bush Duggan, a shrewd detective on self-imposed leave, finds himself caught up in what looks like no accident.

The bodies at the crash site are those of the pilot and Bruce Bridges, a convicted rapist returning home after five years in prison. In a small town like Picton, emotions have run high over Bridge’s return. Duggan must sort through a multitude of suspects before he elicits a confession … and another dead body.

Revenge. Blackmail. Passion. All the right ingredients for this gripping murder mystery.

View excerpt from this title at NZ On Screen

SKU 024002

Quantity
Loading Updating cart…

Duggan – Shadow of a Doubt

Price: NZ$40.95

This price is for home use only.
Libraries and institutions etc., price on request.

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 90 mins
Year: 1999
Rating: [M]

Available in New Zealand only.

Additional Description More Details

Double Episode (Eps 2 & 3)

Life is good for newly re-married Joanne Taylor. She runs a successful diving business in the Marlborough Sounds with her new husband Michael, whom she adores, and her business partner Fraser, whom she trusts. But her new found happiness is shattered when her daughter mysteriously disappears, and the ransom notes begin to arrive…

SKU 024022

Quantity
Loading Updating cart…

Duggan – Death in Paradise

Price: NZ$40.95

This price is for home use only.
Libraries and institutions etc., price on request.

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 90 mins
Year: 1997
Rating: [M]

Available in New Zealand only.

A gripping detective drama full of twists and turns, Duggan: Death in Paradise is filmed in one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand.

Additional Description More Details

Following the death of his wife, Detective Inspector John Duggan takes extended leave from the police force.

Leaving Wellington behind him, Duggan heads to his bach in the idyllic Garrison Bay. Surrounded by the peace and quiet of the Marlborough Sounds, he prepares to enjoy some diving and fishing with his friend Patrick Greer. His plans are quickly disturbed however when a woman’s body is found in the water at a local salmon farm.

View excerpt from this title at NZ On Screen

SKU 024001

Quantity
Loading Updating cart…

Cover Story – The Telefeature

Price: NZ$40.95

This price is for home use only.
Libraries and institutions etc., price on request.

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Duration: 90 mins
Year: 1994

Available in New Zealand only.

The two-hour telefeature of Cover Story introduces us to the Cover Story team.

Additional Description More Details

It is centred on Amanda Robbins (Katie Wolfe) who has been lured back to Wellington from Australia by PTV Chief Executive, Martin Woolf (Jonathan Hendry) who wants her Rottweiller qualities to raise the controversial show’s ratings. Woolf appoints Amanda without consulting Bernard Fry (John Sumner), the producer of Cover Story.

Bernard, along with the rest of the staff are appalled by Amanda’s tabloid-esque style, her “blood on the road” approach.

SKU 024008

Quantity
Loading Updating cart…
Pages: 1 2 3
LoadingUpdating…