A 'home movie' with a twist. A Japanese man on holiday in New Zealand with his wife and daughter documents their stay with his camcorder. However, the camera is stolen, and a different view of the city is shown when the apparatus is in the hands of an alcoholic homeless man, who lives with his child in an abandoned building. The camera is again stolen by a transvestite who films a party with friends in a hotel room.
Using a hand-held camera to act as a fly-on-the-wall, Gregory King observes the connections between three groups of people living in a city. There’s an Asian family encountering Auckland for the first time as they journey from the airport in a taxi to their hotel. A drugged man and a boy play games with each other in a falling-down hovel. And finally there’s a group of drag queens celebrating in an apartment building.
Pop won an award for Outstanding Achievement in Video Production at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
2000 NZ International Film Festival, ‘Most Outstanding Achievement in a Video Production’, Melbourne International Film Festival