After the Waterfall (image 1)

Sometimes a mystery remains a mystery, and an absence remains an absence we have to live with as best we can.

Simone Horrocks

Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

After the Waterfall 2010

Directed by Simone Horrocks

This close dramatic study of a bereaved father’s devastation and recuperation marks a boldly individual debut for New Zealand director Simone Horrocks and a thorough triumph for Outrageous Fortune’s Antony Starr.

94 minutes

Director

Producer

Trevor Haysom

Screenplay

Simone Horrocks. Based on the novel The Paraffin Child by Stephen Blanchard

Photography

Jac Fitzgerald

Editor

Cushla Dillon

Production designer

Andy McLaren

Costume designer

Kirsty Cameron

Music

Joel Haines

With

Antony Starr (John)
,
Peter McCauley (George)
,
Sally Stockwell (Ana)
,
Cohen Holloway (David)

World Premiere

SkyCity Theatre, 14 July 2010

Elsewhere

This close dramatic study of a bereaved father’s devastation and recuperation marks a boldly individual directorial debut for Simone Horrocks and a thorough triumph for actor Antony Starr. He plays John Drean, a forest ranger living close to Piha with his wife, who hasn’t integrated quite so happily into the tiny isolated community, and their bright spark of a four-year-old daughter, Pearl. When Pearl disappears suddenly, possibly irrevocably, everything else that defined John’s life begins to disappear too. Horrocks concentrates her film intently on his existential crisis – and on Starr’s startling self-effacement, inviting us to consider what remains dormant when a person loses everything. As the award-winning shorts she made in the UK already made apparent, she’s a filmmaker in a distinctly European mode, adept at capturing psychological complexity in amazingly exact and intimate flickers of sensation, mood and emotion. — BG

“Simone Horrocks's debut feature is a stunner. Intense, brave and affecting, After the Waterfall is a film that stays in the mind.” — Helen Martin, OnFilm.