New Zealand International Film Festival

Human Traces

5 AUG 2017 — Aotearoa, Drama, Thriller

About.

Company

New Zealand International Film Festival

Venue

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Duration

97 minutes

Restrictions

M Violence, offensive language & drug use | CinemaScope

New Zealand 2017

A knotty psychological thriller set on an isolated subantarctic island, Human Traces, the feature debut from Kiwi writer-director Nic Gorman, deftly pairs loaded suspense with slippery character study. The drama takes place 750 kms south of New Zealand, where husband-and-wife scientist team Sarah (Sophie Henderson) and Glenn (Mark Mitchinson) have been posted to monitor the ecosystem of a remote island. When a mysterious stranger named Pete (Vinnie Bennett) arrives, paranoia and deception begin to disrupt the order.

Splitting his film into three chapters, each told from a different character’s perspective, Gorman delights in disorienting his audience. Like Kurosawa’s Rashomon, each new act is designed to reassemble the last: no sooner have you sided with one character than you find your allegiance complicated by the next point of view. Beyond expertly deploying spilled secrets, climactic confrontations and washed-up corpses to dramatic effect, Gorman understands the humanity within the genre beats. This gripping examination of human behaviour cleverly reminds us that everyone is only the hero of their own story. — JF

Credits.

Nic Gorman

Director/Screenplay

Nadia Maxwell

Producer

John Chrisstoffels

Photography

Richard Shaw

Editor

Stephen Gallagher

Music

With.

Sophie Henderson

Mark Mitchinson

Vinnie Bennett

Sara Wiseman

Peter Daubè

Milo Cawthorne

Tickets.

Price Range - Booking fees may apply $11.30 - $17.30