Kapiti film Shopping scooped seven Moas at the New Zealand Film Awards last night in Auckland.
The first feature-length film by award-winning short film-makers Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland (Six Dollar Fifty Man) explores a social hinterland inhabited by a troubled, mixed-race family in 1980s. It is largley set on the Kapiti Coast, where Albiston and Sutherland both grew up.
Loosely based on an experience Sutherland had growing up, where he was tempted into a shoplifting gang, the film was the big winner at the prestigious event.
It picked up awards for best film, best director, best screenplay, best supporting actor and actress, best cinematography and best poster design.
Despite the haul of awards, Sutherland said they did not take anything for granted.
''There was an amazing array of film [at the awards],'' he said. ''Different genres, budgets and completely different story lines - it could have gone any way.''
Shopping's momentum has continued since the film's New Zealand premiere held in Wellington in May, with international interest strong, said Sutherland.
''It's won numerous awards and is constantly going to festivals.
''The film's content may have been a little gritty for some Kiwi audiences though, with Sutherland thinking they may have got too used to ''sugar coated'' products.
''It's not a TV dinner film,'' he said. ''We made it to be honest and truthful.''
Since finishing Shopping, the film-makers have been mainly making adverts.
Sutherland said the perception they had now ''made it'' was false and everyone in the crew still needed to earn their bread and butter.
''We lost a lot of money in this film, and our families and partners supported us,'' he said.
''It's not all Peter Jackson [in the New Zealand film industry], it's real families putting their livelihoods on the line.
''We still have our feet on the ground and are getting by like everyone else - it's a hard slog."
What makes it worth it for Albiston and Sutherland, though, is when ''real, everyday Kiwis'' come up and thank them for putting something on the screen they can relate to.
''That's more important than any award at the end.
The 2013 winners of the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards:
Best Film: Shopping
Best Director: Shopping - Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston
Best Screenplay: Shopping - Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston
Best Actor: Mr Pip - Hugh Laurie
Best Actress: Mr Pip - Xzannjah
Best Supporting Actor: Shopping - Julian Dennison
Best Supporting Actress: Shopping - Laura Petersen
Best Self-Funded Film: Crackheads - Tim Tsiklauri and Andy Sophocleous
Best Cinematography: Shopping - Ginny Loane
Best Editor: The Weight of Elephants - Molly Marlene Stensgaard
Best Score: Mr Pip - Harry Gregson-Williams and Tim Finn
Best Sound: Mt Zion - Dick Reade
Best Costume Design: Mr Pip - Ngila Dickson
Best Makeup Design: White Lies - Abby Collins, Yolanda Bartram, Vee Gulliver, Andrew Beattie, Main Reactor and Roger Murray
Best Production Design: White Lies - Tracey Collins
Best Poster Design: Shopping - Geoff Francis
Best Self-Funded Short Film: Le Taxidermiste - Nick Mayow and Prisca Bouchet
Best Short Film: Here Be Monsters - Paul Glubb, Nic Gorman and Nadia Maxwell
Best Short Film Actor: Strongman - Tony Green
Best Short Film Actress: Blind Mice - Rachel Nicholls
Best Cinematography in a Short Film: Echoes - Andrew Stroud
Best Short Film Script: Echoes - Campbell Hooper and Joel Kefali
Best Technical Contribution to a Short Film: Blankets - Visual Effects - Frank Rueter, David Duke and Bodo Keller
Best Documentary: Gardening With Soul - Vicky Pope and Jess Feast
Best Documentary Cinematography: Antarctica: A Year On Ice - Anthony Powell
Best Documentary Director: Beyond The Edge - Leanne Pooley
Best Documentary Editor: He Toki Huna: NZ in Afghanistan - Annie Goldson and James Brown
Best Television Feature or Drama Series: Top of the Lake - Jane Campion, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning
Lifetime Achievement Award: Geoff Murphy
- Fairfax Media