REALITi 2014

Directed by Jonathan King Aotearoa

An up-and-coming media executive has good reason to question the very facts of his existence in this micro-budget sci-fi chiller from director Jonathan King ( Black Sheep, Under the Mountain) and novelist Chad Taylor.

95 minutes DCP
R13 (sex scenes, violence)

Director

Producers

Jonathan King
,
Chad Taylor

Screenplay

Chad Taylor

Photography

Freddy Lombard

Editor

Ida Sessions

Production designer

Stewart Pike

Music

Victoria Kelly

With

Nathan Meister (Vic)
,
Michelle Langstone (Selma)
,
Graham McTavish (Mandrake)
,
Aroha White (Jessamine)
,
Miranda Manasiadis (Meg)
,
Nathaniel Lees (George)
,
Tim Wong (Lo)
,
Richard Whiteside (Hunter)
,
Erin Banks (Tori)
,
Paul Waggott (William)
,
William Brandt (Eddie)

World Premiere

A covert traffic in time-bending substances is the slippery connecting tissue in Jonathan King and Chad Taylor’s inventive sci-fi chiller. We travel the labyrinth of reality and its hallucinated alternatives with Vic (Nathan Meister). A young media executive, he’s summoned by Mandrake (Graham McTavish), his lawyer, to a city hotel where police interview a strung-out woman found carrying his wallet (Michelle Langstone). Unable to recall exactly why he remembers her, Vic is astounded when the same woman reappears with Mandrake, days later, in a completely unrelated role and fresh as a summer cocktail. Something else is freaking him: why does his television report a massive wave of public support for a far-off war when nothing has been reported to influence opinion for or against? His need to know draws him into the clutches of a violent cadre of anti-media activists – but are they what they say they are? Is anyone? The more anything appears to be so, the more Vic is gripped in a cold sweat of existential doubt. In King and Taylor’s sly homegrown dystopia this nightmare future of invaded minds is only a kiss away.