Out of the Blue (2006)
A stunning piece of cinema. Beautifully shot and emphatically located in its particular place and time (small town New Zealand in 1990) – the amount of period detail is fantastic: from the clothes to the music. Thoroughly kiwi in every aspect, it nails its audience perfectly. Pulled in by the authenticity of the setting and the domesticity of the goings on we are lulled into a sense of serenity even though we know what is coming, and when it does come the violent irruption is as much out of the blue for the audience as it was for the nation. The acting is as superb as the story – the small tragedies and everyday bravery delicately and sensitively portrayed.