How to Meet Girls from a Distance (image 1)

Basically there’s an overwhelming number of reasons for not stalking people.

Screened as part of NZIFF 2012

How to Meet Girls from a Distance 2012

Directed by Dean Hewison

The inaugural winner of the Make My Movie feature film competition, Dean Hewison’s 'Peeping Tom romcom’ is a funny, kooky and rather sweet look at one shy guy’s attempt to find true love via unethical means.

85 minutes HDCAM

Director

Producers

Ruth Korver
,
Andrew Beattie

Executive producer

Ant Timpson

Screenplay

Dean Hewison
,
Richard Falkner
,
Sam Dickson

Photography

Matty Warmington

Editor

Matty Warmington

Production designer

Kate Logan

Production manager

Vanessa Patea

With

Richard Falkner
,
Scarlet Hemingway
,
Jonathan Brugh
,
Aidee Walker
,
Owen Black
,
Hannah Clarke
,
Aroha White
,
Colleen Cleary

World Premiere

Paramount Theatre, 29 July 2012

The inaugural winner of the Make My Movie feature film competition is a funny, kooky and rather sweet look at one shy guy’s attempt to find true love via unethical means. Co-writer Richard Falkner plays Toby, an emotionally gun-shy graphic designer who spends his time creating snapshots of fake relationships to please his mother instead of engaging with women in real life. When he spots pretty Phoebe he springs into action and (with the questionable encouragement of gifted comic Jonathan Brugh’s dodgy ‘date coach’ Carl) decides to become perfect boyfriend material. But this romantically challenged everyman takes pre-dating research to dangerous extremes. (Forget Facebook. It’s amazing what you can learn about people from checking out their recycling.) Writer-director Dean Hewison’s comedy is boisterous and broad but there are some nifty and uniquely oddball touches before it cleverly ties up its loose ends. Sensitive viewers can be assured that the finished product in no way endorses stalking – as either a dating strategy or a lifestyle choice. — Dan Slevin