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

Producer

Mark Foster

Executive producers

Leanne Saunders
,
Ant Timpson
,
Paul Swadel

Photography

Virginia Loane

Editor

Jonathan Venz

Music

Dylan Wood

With

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

Festivals

Rotterdam 2008, Karlovy Vary 2008

Elsewhere

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