Director/Screenplay: Stefen Harris
Producers: Stefen Harris, Pegeen O’Rourke
Photography: Ryan O’Rourke
Editor: Judd Resnick
With: Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Olivia Hadlow
85 minutes/Censors rating: M Violence, offensive language & drug use
Since local film Blue Moon was released last August it has screened in more than 20 International Film festivals around the world including R avenheart International Film Festival Oslo Norway - Best Film 2019 Award, Houston International Film Festival - Best Low Budget Feature Film 2019, Sydney SF3 Smartfone Flick Fest - Best Feature Film 2019, Mozimotion iPhone Film Festival, Netherlands - Grand Prize Best Film 2019, Sydney Indie Film Festival 2019 - Best Editor Judd Resnick. Blue Moon is an 'Official Selection' for the prestigious Cannes Cinephiles, Cannes Film Festival 2020.
This twisty real-time thriller from Stefen Harris (The Waimate Conspiracy, NZIFF06) was nimbly staged and shot on an iPhone entirely within and around a Motueka petrol station in the wee small hours of the morning.
(Story) Businessman Horace Jones (Mark Hadlow) is deep in debt. While his family thinks he is in Hong Kong on a business deal, he is covertly working a deadly quiet night shift at his own service station to make ends meet. When a suspicious looking character expires in the station’s toilet clutching a large wad of cash, Horace is suddenly offered a very tempting opportunity to dispose of the evidence and solve his own financial problems. Later, when an equally unlikely customer (Jed Brophy) arrives in the station store, the screws begin to turn on Horace’s desperate scheme.