Director's Statement

"The story came to me in much the same way as events unfold for the woman in the film.  I could see this hair sticking out of the plughole and on closer inspection, the story began to emmerge and to transform itself in quite a surprising way.

It's a dark little fable about fear and desire - about a woman who re-fashions a monster into a man, and finds herself falling for her creation. In some sense I see it as a Pygmalion-type story, with the genders reversed."

Technical Info: 
Black and White, 35 mm
Production Year: 
Production Company: 
Hibiscus Films Ltd.
1989 - Cannes Film Festival. 1990 - Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival. 1991 - Sundance Film Festival. 2002 - Locarno Film Festival.
Sales Agent: 
NZ Film

New Zealand Film Classification System

Key Roles


Key Cast

The Woman
Teresa Healey
The Man
Peter Tait

Key Crew

Director of Photography
Stuart Drysburgh
David Coulson
Art Director
Grant Major