Posted Tuesday 18 Oct 2022
NZ On Screen celebrates 20 years of Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest guerrilla filmmaking competition, with the launch of The 48Hours Collection.
Spanning two decades of fast and furious filmmaking, the collection gathers up all the winning films, and shines a spotlight on some of the organisers’ faves. You’ll find entries from absolute beginners alongside significant screen names — many in the collection have cut their teeth in the competition and gone on to direct major TV projects and feature films.
A variety of madcap short films await, covering a multitude of genres. There are inept cops on the trail of a music-related murder in the 2003 winning film Special Crimes Unit, directed by Housebound’s Gerard Johnstone. Johnny Barker (Shortland Street) directs and stars in Lease, a musical set in a sub-par Grey Lynn flat, and a dead father gives unwelcome dating advice to his courting son in Only Son, starring Josh Thomson (7 Days). and Under the Bridge.
The 48Hours Collection is available to view here with 27 shorts to enjoy.