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The Last Resort - God Defend Our Free Land ...

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THE LAST RESORT
God defend our free land ...

"She's a cracker Kiwi flick!"
Fred Dagg

Greetings friends!

Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones of CutCutCut are pleased to announce that their new feature documentary, THE LAST RESORT, will have its premiere in the 2006 Telecom New Zealand International Film Festivals.

THE LAST RESORT investigates land and business ownership issues in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the intersecting dynamics between Maori, Pakeha and foreign investment.

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... In a place they call 'Sleepy Hollow', a half-century old coastal campground - beloved by locals and visitors alike - is closed one summer to make way for a multimillion dollar residential subdivision. As the campers get moved on - the locals move in, for a seven week-long occupation protesting their rightful claim to the land.

Around the country real estate is booming, leaving developers and agents flush and first home buyers priced out of the market.

High country pastoral leases are sold off to wealthy foreigners wanting their own 'slice of paradise', whilst the South Island rivers die 'deaths by a thousand cuts'.

Transnational corporations are ranked in an annual 'hall of shame' awards night, according to the degree to which they exploit New Zealanders.

An international breach of human rights law is perpetuated despite thousands marching on Parliament to prevent it. The founding constitutional document of this small settler nation is debated, discredited and disregarded.

This is 21st Century New Zealand where the land wars still rage and 'colonisation by corporation' leaves us tenants in our own home ...

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THE LAST RESORT is the second feature documentary from the two-person directing/shooting/producing/editing duo that is CutCutCut. The film continues the exploration of issues and themes raised in their debut documentary feature, 'Te Whanau o Aotearoa - Caretakers of the Land' (WIFF, 2003).

THE LAST RESORT features interviews with Moana Jackson, Murray Horton, Harry Evison, Rakiihia Tau, Roger Kerr, and the late Rod Donald - amongst others, with music from Fred Dagg, Linn Lorkin, Simon Ritchie, the Pioneer Pog n' Scroggin Bush Band and Daniel Gannaway.

The 90-minute film is screening in the six main centres of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton and Palmerston North. See below for screening times. For more information see the Film Festival website www.nzff.telecom.co.nz or the circulated programmes.

Filmmaker bio's and production notes are available on-line at www.cutcutcut.com. Errol and Abi will be attending each screening and look forward to seeing y'all there!

THE LAST RESORT screening times in the 2006 Telecom New Zealand International Film Festivals:

Sunday, 23-Jul-06, 10:45 AM, SKY CITY, AUCKLAND

Monday, 24-Jul-06, 11:15 AM, SKY CITY, AUCKLAND

Sunday, 30-Jul-06, 11:30 AM, PARAMOUNT, WELLINGTON

Monday, 31-Jul-06, 11:15 AM, PARAMOUNT, WELLINGTON

Sunday, 13-Aug-06, 1:00 PM, REGENT, DUNEDIN

Tuesday, 15-Aug-06, 5:45 PM, RIALTO 2, CHRISTCHURCH

Wednesday, 16-Aug-06, 11:45 AM, RIALTO 2, CHRISTCHURCH

Wednesday, 16-Aug-06, 6:00 PM, RIALTO 2, CHRISTCHURCH

Palmerston North and Hamilton screening times TBC

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