Black Shark: A film about terrorists that are just looking for friends


 

Police were called to Kieran Charnock's mum's Masterton sleepout when a woman was heard screaming.

Charnock had forgotten to tell neighbours he was making an $8000 feature film about terrorists in the most unlikely and low-budget of settings.

On set of Black Shark, actors Rene Le Bas and Des Morgan (left), speak with directors and writers Kieran Charnock and ...
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On set of Black Shark, actors Rene Le Bas and Des Morgan (left), speak with directors and writers Kieran Charnock and Jonathan Watt.

For best friends Charnock and Jonathan Watt, waiting around in the hope of gaining funding from the New Zealand Film Commission didn't appeal - so they funded their film Black Shark themselves.

Black Shark follows a group of loners who try to be activists and accidently become terrorists. The cell is led by Rene Le Bas' Alex Feiffer a cynical university student dismayed by the way the world works.

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Des Morgan's character has a little too much to drink.
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Des Morgan's character has a little too much to drink.

Things get dire when the group links up with a much more serious Russian terrorist organisation who demand Black Shark kidnap the son of the Minister of Defence.

Then they spend the duration of the film trying to escape the Russian terrorist group.

Charnock says his film is dark, awkward and very Kiwi. "It's quirky, I want to make sure people know that it's not even really a typical comedy," he said.

A Masterton sleepout was the main location for the filming of a film about terrorist wannabes.
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A Masterton sleepout was the main location for the filming of a film about terrorist wannabes.

A part time chef at Wellington's Rahzoo Cafe, Charnock is an aspiring actor while Watt is a student and part time production runner for Weta Digital. Together, Charnock describes them as struggling, desperate, idiotic film-makers.

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Without any insurance, the cast of eight spent eight out of the 10 days of filming in Masterton and in Charnock's mother's sleepout - the hub of the terrorist activity. 

The other two days were filmed in Wellington, near parliament buildings.

Rene Le Bas, Des Morgan and Gretchen Murray act as a bunch of loners looking to find a place in the world.
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Rene Le Bas, Des Morgan and Gretchen Murray act as a bunch of loners looking to find a place in the world.

"We just wanted to go back to the reason why we like making films - because we like making films," Charnock says.

He and Watt hope to show a couple of screenings of Black Shark in February with even bigger dreams of having the film feature in the next NZ Film Festival.

The pair have been making films since they were 12 years old, with Masterton as their backyard.

Kieran Charnock in directing mode on set of his first feature film Black Shark
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Kieran Charnock in directing mode on set of his first feature film Black Shark

They've taken part in the odd 48 Hour Film Festival, but prefer to do things at their own pace and in their own way.

"We've always done our own thing, we make a lot of short films," Charnock says.

"It's not really about terrorism. All the films we have made before and all the scripts we've made have been about outsiders."

While it's been a whole lot of laughs and tantrums, Charnock and Watt plan on making a feature film every year from now on in. Charnock says other film-makers should get out there and give it a shot.

"People who want to be film-makers or like to make films should get out and do it."

 - Stuff

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