Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

Hobo with a Shotgun 2011

Directed by Jason Eisener

Rutger Hauer is a hobo with a shotgun. ’Nuff said.

Canada / USA In English
86 minutes HDCAM

Director, Editor


Rob Cotterill
Niv Fichman
Frank Siracusa


John Davies


Karim Hussain

Production designer

Ewen Dickson

Costume designer

Sarah Dunsworth


Adam Burke
Darius Hobert
Giallos Flame


Rutger Hauer (Hobo)
Molly Dunsworth (Abby)
Gregory Smith (Slick)
Brian Downey (The Drake)
Nick Bateman (Ivan/RIP)
Robb Wells (Logan)


Sundance, SXSW 2011


Preaching the joyous subversion of exploitation movies like some meth-addled minister, Hobo is a lean slab of high-octane cinema. The film is a miasma of sound and imagery that hardcore fans recognise as the caressing hand of a movie fanatic. Rutger Hauer plays the titular Hobo as if Eastwood’s ‘Man with No Name’ escaped a psych ward in his dressing gown. Arriving in a hellhole with his shopping trolley, all he wants is simple domesticity by purchasing a lawnmower. Blocking him at every turn is society itself, collapsing around him in a town ruled by mob leader The Drake and his two psycho offspring. Deciding a shotgun is a better way to spend his money, the Hobo initiates a citywide rampage. It’s as if director Jason Eisener had downed a keg of Street Trash Viper, blended it with some meaty chunks of Texas Gladiators 2020 and Class of 1984, then vomited it all up in Technicolor. — AT