A Song of Good (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

A Song of Good 2008

Directed by Gregory King

After committing a shocking crime, a young man decides to become a good person. Blackly humorous Kiwi suburban crime drama by NZ director Greg King (Christmas).

84 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay


Mark Foster

Executive producers

Leanne Saunders
Ant Timpson
Paul Swadel


Virginia Loane


Jonathan Venz


Dylan Wood


Gareth Reeves
Ian Mune
Danielle Cormack
Caleb Griffiths
Jarod Rawiri
Matthew Sunderland
Darien Takle


Rotterdam 2008, Karlovy Vary 2008


Gregory King, director of the scabrous Christmas, applies taboo-prodding humour to palpable human pain with ever more disconcerting effect in his second feature. Young Gary (Gareth Reeves), strung out from amphetamines and dope and so panicky that he barely knows what he's doing, breaks into a neighbour's house and commits a disgusting crime. In the dazed aftermath, Gary resolves to redeem himself, to go clean, find a job, help his sister take care of her kid; in short, to become a good person. How easy is that going to be when everyone he knows thinks he's gone soft in the head, and the victim of his crime languishes in misery next door? King explores Gary's particular place in trashed Kiwi suburbia with an eye that's cool and cruel but never devoid of fellow feeling. A superb cast venture gamely into the tonal minefield. Danielle Cormack and Ian Mune, wearing only his grunds, respond with some of their best-ever screen work. — BG