Film Review: Fantail

Last updated 05:00 07/06/2014

Set almost entirely in a petrol station, Fantail was shot on location in South Auckland, New Zealand.

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Directed by Curtis Vowell 

Late last year, doing a "Top Ten movies of 2013" column, I wrote "hassle your local cinema owner until they schedule Fantail, and tell them I'm looking forward to writing the five star review the film deserves".

Fantail has made it home after some international acclaim, and here is that review.

Fantail is a suitably tiny, unpredictable, clever and utterly charming wee film. Sophie Henderson (who also wrote the screenplay) plays Tania. She works nights at a service station.

Her immediate boss is a loveable loser, while her area manager is a likeable idiot with a crush on Tania. But the joker in Tania's life is her kid brother, Piwakawaka. And it's Pi's mischief, quickly and believably spiralling into crime, that gives Fantail its fuse.

Fantail is a deft, brief, ultimately indelible film. It tells a story you won't see coming, and beyond a few slightly raw performances, it tells it perfectly. Bravo.

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- The Dominion Post


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