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All the good music is made by outsiders, whether they come from Liverpool, Seattle or... Palmerston North.

Roger Shepherd

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

Sheen of Gold 2013

Directed by Simon Ogston

A documentary tribute to one of New Zealand’s most influential and eclectic rock bands of the 80s: the incomparable Skeptics. Featuring a wealth of archival footage, including their controversial 'AFFCO’ video.

80 minutes Blu-ray

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Director, Producer, Photography

Editor

Jason Pengelly

Sound

Nick Roughan

Music

Skeptics

With

David D’Ath
,
Robin Gauld
,
John Halvorsen
,
Brent McLachlan
,
Nick Roughan
,
Don White
,
Chris Knox
,
Roger Shepherd
,
Sarah Fort-D’Ath
,
Stu Page
,
Tone Cornaga
,
Chris Matthews
,
Russell Brown
,
Bob Sutton
,
Jon Toogood
,
Jed Town

World Premiere

SkyCity Theatre, 3 August 2013

Director Simon Ogston continues his excavations of underground Kiwi rock, with a tribute to one of New Zealand's most influential and eclectic rock bands of the 80s: the incomparable Skeptics. Improbably originating from small-town, late-70s Palmerston North, they began as a cacophonous high school punk band. Bassist Nick Roughan admits their earliest recordings ‘should stay dead and buried’, but with charismatic frontman David D’Ath, Skeptics soon gained a cult following and outgrew their provincial roots. Wellington beckoned, as well as a new spare, electronic sound. Ogston compiles interviews with all surviving band members and a wealth of rare archival footage, including Skeptics’ controversial ‘AFFCO’ video – which cut too close to the bone for TVNZ – and their remarkable, emotional final live performance at Auckland's Gluepot in July 1990. D’Ath died just months later following a short battle with leukemia. His death signaled a premature end for the band but not their music, which will shortly see a long overdue re-release. — Michael McDonnell