First Trailer for Waititi & Clement's Vampire Comedy
FIRST TRAILER RELEASED FOR TAIKIA
WAITITI AND JEMAINE CLEMENT’S VAMPIRE
‘WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS’
“What We Do in the Shadows belongs to the creatures of the night, and anyone intending to hop on this particular subgenre bandwagon has a hard act to follow.”
John Defore – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“To say this film is
funny is the understatement of the year. Not only is the
movie hilarious, it is clever, smart, and unlike anything
I've seen before.”
Rebecca Elliot - AINT IT COOL NEWS
Mark Bell – FILM THREAT
NATIONWIDE NZ CINEMA RELEASE MID JUNE 2014
(AUCKLAND, MAY 1ST) Kiwi fans will get the first look today at the brand new film from local comedy heavyweights Taikia Waititi and Jemaine Clement with the release of the trailer of their feature film ‘What We Do In The Shadows’
The soon-to-be cult classic follows a Mockumentry crew as they go inside the lives of four vampires living in a flat in Wellington. The film is loosely based on a short film the pair created eight years ago. It premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January and has since shown to critical acclaim at the Berlin, SXSW and recently the Stany (Kubrick) festival where it picked up the audience award.
Released via an exclusive first look at nzherald.co.nz, filmmaker Taika Waititi is thrilled to be able to share the trailer with Kiwi fans first.
"We've been working on this film a long time and are excited to finally bring it to New Zealand audiences,” says Waititi. “We made this film for fans of Boy and Flight of the Conchords - we think Kiwis appreciate our style of comedy more than anyone and it's our job to please them. Not physically, that's too hard with our busy schedules and could cause problems in our personal lives. We aim to please them... entertainmentingly. If that's a word. It is now."
Kiwis can check out the
trailer online now at the link below.
‘What We Do In the Shadows’ is set for a nationwide cinema release from mid June and a special premiere event will be held in Auckland on June 6th.
A general trailer release will be issued at 6pm tonight (May 1st) via the film’s social media channels. Embed codes are available on request.
Flatmates Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else - except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. They have one more flatmate, 8000 year-old Petyr(Ben Fransham) who epitomizes the film’s title, he sleeps in the basement, literally in The Shadows.
When Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick (Cori Gonzalez Macuer), into a vampire, the guys must teach him the ropes and guide him through his newfound eternal life. And in return they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashions, technology, and the Internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu (Stu Rutherford), that really changes the vampire’s lives and attitudes towards the ever-changing world around them.
When Stu’s life is threatened, the vamps show us that maybe humans are worth fighting for, and that even though your heart may be cold and dead, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel anything.
ABOUT THE CAST
VIAGO: TAIKA WAITITI
An acclaimed artist, comedian, writer, actor and director, this is Taika Waititi’s 3rd feature film, and the first in collaboration with his long time comedy mate, Jemaine Clement.
Jemaine has spent a lot of time in front of the camera and he now turns his hand and eye to directing. This is his first feature film as a director, teaming up with his mentor and father figure, Taika, extending their creative working relationship.
DEACON: JONNY BRUGH
Jonny Brugh plays DEACON, a young (107 yrs) impulsive vampire who is most affected by the new vampire, Nick. He was also part of the original short film 8 years ago.
NICK: CORI GONZALEZ
As seen on TV3’s 7 Days and Jono's New Show! Cori has been a professional stand-up comedian for over 10 years.
Originally a professional in the I.T. world, Stu fell into the role of Stu because of who he was.
JACKIE: JACKIE VAN BEEK
Jackie van Beek works as an actress, writer and director in theatre and film. She lives with her young family in Auckland, New Zealand.
PETYR: BEN FRANSHAM
Ben is a Wellington based actor known for 30 Days of night, Heavenly Creatures and My Living Memory.