Apron Strings, the debut feature from Sima Urale, is a parallel story of two families and two cultures set in suburban Otahuhu, South Auckland. At the heart of the story are three women whose lives and livelihoods revolve around food. Hard working Lorna must not only deal with her unemployed stay-at-home son Barry and his chronic gambling addiction, but also reckon with a tragic past that haunts them both. For the stylish and beautiful Anita, the host of her own TV cooking show, everything comes to a head when her son Michael decides to meet her estranged sister Tara, and delve into a past that she cannot bear to face. And for the more traditional Tara, Michael’s arrival in her life opens up old wounds that  challenge her seemingly peaceful life as a spinster.

A character driven story, Apron Strings delves into the tender yet complicated relationship between mother and child. Sometimes, in order to grow and forge new connections, old apron strings have to be cut loose.

Apron Strings was the first Indian feature to be filmed and funded in New Zealand. It was filmed on location in Auckland during October-November 2007.

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1:1.85, 35mm, Dolby Digital
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Great Southern Films
Qantas Film and Television Awards 2009; Best Lead Actor - Scott Wills Qantas Film and Television Awards 2009; Best Lead Actress - Jennifer Ludlam Qantas Film and Television Awards 2009; Best Cinematography - Rewa Harre Qantas Film and Television Awards 2009; Best Production Design - Johnny Hawkins