The Aramoana tragedy is one of the more significant events in New Zealand's recent history. Says director Rob Sarkies, "These events highlight the positive side of the kiwi spirit as much as darkness of the actions of one man. The people of Aramoana and the police involved acted selflessly to help each other get through that night and I think that is worth remembering, and paying tribute to.

"As a filmmaker I was attracted to the way this story involved an entire community in a period of sustained tension. I was intrigued that David Gray was a member of the community rather than an outsider, and by the way other members of the community reacted and helped each other. The story seemed to have something distinctively 'New Zealand' about it. It seemed like an opportunity, framed by tragedy though it is, to explore who we are as a people, or perhaps who we were."

Technical Info: 
1:85 Aspect Ratio 5.1 Dolby Digital SR 9,260' Length 1 to 6 Reels
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Production Company: 
Southern Light Films, Desert Road Films
Toronto International Film Festival 2006 Goteborg International Film Festival 2007 Dublin International Film Festival 2007 Hong Kong International Film Festival 2007 NatFilm Festival Copenhagen 2007 NZ Film Festival Singapore 2007 Sydney Film Festival 2007 Melbourne Film Festival 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival 2007 Fantasy Film Festival Germany 2007 St Tropez Antipodes Film Festival 2007 Golden Horse Film Festival Taipei
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Key Cast

Nick Harvey
Karl Urban
David Gray
Matthew Sunderland
Helen Dickson
Lois Lawn
Garry Holden
Simon Ferry
Julie Ann Bryson
Tandi Wright
Paul Knox
Paul Glover
Stu Guthrie
William Kircher
Chiquita Holden
Georgina Fabish
Stacey Percy
Fayth Rasmussen

Key Crew

Director of Photography
Greig Fraser
Production Designer
Phil Ivey
Annie Collins
Sound Designer
Dave Whitehead
Victoria Kelly
Line Producer
Trishia Downie
Costume Designer
Lesley Burkes-Harding
Rachel Bullock