Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. New Zealand/United Kingdom, 1994. British Film Institute, British Screen Productions, Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Miramax, Movie Partners, New Zealand Film Commission, Strawberry Vale. Screenplay by Anna Campion. Cinematography by Alan Almond. Produced by David Hazlett, Caroline Hewitt, Bridget Ikin, John Maynard. Music by Simon Fisher-Turner. Production Design by Alistair Kay. Costume Design by Stewart Meachem. Film Editing by John Gilbert. Toronto International Film Festival 1995.
A group of college students gather together at a big old house in the woods to film a low-budget horror film, but end up being terrorized by their own insecurities and fears. Sound like a quirky Kiwi version of The Blair Witch Project? It’s not. Instead of being treated to three misfits wandering around a gloomy forest, we are forced to watch while many more self-indulgent brats with excessively bad habits drink, smoke pot and screw around in a big old house; occasionally we’re treated to the odd glimpse of the apparently lame film they’re making. Director Campion (sister of Jane) directs a youthful but uninteresting cast including Thandie Newton and Catherine McCormack.