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No-Budget NZ Film Hits Hollywood and Japan

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September 25 th, 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

No-Budget NZ Film Hits Hollywood and Japan

Michael Thorp's second no-budget feature film Eight Broken Fingers will be having its world premiere in Hollywood on October 11th, when it screens in competition at the FAIF International Film Festival, then a week later in competition at the Tokatsu International Film Festival in Japan, where he will be attending.

Eight Broken Fingers was produced for USD$8,000 and completed in August by Auckland film maker Michael Thorp, who also wrote, directed, and edited it on his desktop computer in South Korea.

The film tells the story of a political writer, a New Zealander, writing an allegory on British colonialism and U.S. imperialism, who is stabbed and left to die in a Seoul alley, and his mind flashes back through the possible reasons to his first encounter with a successful Korean violinist he fell madly in love with as he sees the events and pressures that conspired to tear them apart and led to his brutal stabbing.

I wanted to examine, says Michael, the abuse of power politically, societially, in families, and interpersonally. Particularly how power is cynically used at the expense of others, and the means it uses to cloak its selfish motives with seemingly noble ones.

Michael is currently based in South Korea writing his fifth screenplay whilst teaching English to survive as he promotes EIGHT BROKEN FINGERS through film festivals and prepares to raise funding to direct one of his three new screenplays.

Eight Broken Fingers website:


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