Review: The Deadly Ponies Gang

GRAEME TUCKETT
Last updated 05:00 05/04/2014
Deadly Ponies

Dwayne and Clint spend their days blinging out their horses and selling pot to the locals.

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The Deadly Ponies Gang (R13)

REVIEW: Directed by Zoe McIntosh

In a sun-drenched rural valley west of Auckland, best friends Dwayne and Clint are The Deadly Ponies Gang. 

The boys spend their days blinging out their horses with beads, necklaces and giant sunglasses, selling pot to the local middle-class riding-school mums and trying to talk to girls. But the latter is getting tougher for Dwayne ever since he lost his teeth, and far as Dwayne's concerned, his manhood has gone with them. So Clint, as you would, is organising a fund-raising gig called, with admirable clarity, the 'Help My Mate Dwayne Get Some New Teeth Fund Raising Gig'.

There's many great things going on in Zoe McIntosh's film. But the best thing is this: The Deadly Ponies Gang is real. This is not a mockumentary, Dwayne and Clint are real people. 

And though I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what we're seeing is being staged for the camera, that doesn't change the essential truth of these characters. 

The Deadly Ponies Gang is a brief, touching, and hugely entertaining film. I laughed more than I have at any film in months, and at the end the audience stood up and cheered. Go and see it, you'll love it. Promise.

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