Magik & Rose


Magik & Rose lifts the covers off the sleepy town of Hokitika a month before its Wild Food Festival - with sex in the workplace, 23 ripe sperm donors and a long-lost daughter. It is the story of two women - a dodgy city fortune-teller and a small town wife who find out they both want the impossible - a child. Magik descends upon the local camping ground in all her eccentric glory, parking her housetruck next to Jackson, a snail-farming mathematician who spends far too much time in his underwear. Making cash from the gullible locals is the excuse for Magik's visit, but not the reason. Unsuccessfully incognito, Magik tries to photograph the daughter she gave up for adoption 15 years ago. Naturally a snapshot isn't enough for Magik, who when face to face suggests she come and get her fortune told. Rose processes photo's of other people's children and sells condoms at the local chemist, in between daily attempts to impregnant herself - with the waning assistance of her husband Stuart. Friendship between Magik and Rose grows when Rose, at the end of reason, seeks hope from the spiritual realm. Carelessly Magik tells Rose exactly what she wants to here - children are definately in Rose's future. She's wrong. From this point, Magik and Rose are locked in a poignant and funny odyssey that could end a good marriage, redefine the perfect man and discover what it really means to be mother and daughter. As the Wild Food Festivals sweep through the tow, amid the mountain oysters, the gooseberry wine and Gary mcCormick, Magik and Rose find compromise and a future neither were expecting.

Complete, Released
Drama, Comedy


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Jury Prize Oporto International Film Festival 2001; Wellington Film Festival-NZ 2000; Santa Barbara Int'l Film Festival-US 2001 Fantasportos Film Festival-Portugal 2001; Flying Broom Women's Int'l FF-Turkey 2001; Festival Int'l Delle Donne-Italy 2001; Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival-Hong Kong 2001; India Film Festival-India 2001; Auckland Film Festival-NZ 2000; Valencia International Film Festival-Spain 2000; Asia Pacific Film Festival-Vietnam 2000; Hof Film Festival-Germany 2000; Mill Valley Film Festival-USA 2000;
Technical information: 
Colour; 35mm; 1:1.8; Dolby Digital