Cow, a 12 minute black comedy shot on 35mm, is jokingly described by writer/

director, Michael Bennett as “yet another entry in the well-worn genre of aquatic

bovine musical comedies”. More seriously, Cow is an allegorical tale about how relationships can fall apart over the silliest things. For the two men adrift on an endless ocean with their cow, an unfortunate Act of God sets off an escalating series of events that propel their friendship towards chaos and disaster. Cow stars New Zealand acting

greats Ian Mune and Martyn Sanderson as two old friends on a particularly odd journey.

The story is told without dialogue, the characters ‘talking’ to each other only through the playing of their guitars. The open ocean was entirely created in a soundstage, featuring lighting and camerawork by award winning director of photography, Waka Attewell. Auckland musician Nigel Gavin composed and played the guitar ‘conversations’.

Technical Info: 
Colour, 35mm, Dolby Digital.
Production Year: 
Production Company: 
53 Productions Ltd.
2001 - Valladolid International Film Festival, 'Best Short Film' Script NZ Film Awards. 2002 - Brisbane International Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Hamburg Film Festival.
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film

Key Cast

Key Crew

Director of Photography
Waka Attewell
Production Designer
Simon Ambridge
Eric de Beus