NZ film-noir horror: Down by the Riverside
A teaser trailer is now online for Down by the Riverside, a self-financed, New Zealand film-noir horror.A teaser trailer is now online for Down by the Riverside, a self-financed, New Zealand film-noir horror.Shot on location in Te Aroha in January 2006, the film is now in the final stages of post-production. The film was written and directed by both Marama Killen and Brad Davison, who studied film together at the University of Waikato.
The making of the film was inspired by Producer Joe Hitchcock's trip to Los Angeles last year, where he saw his short film Kismet play the prestigious Screamfest Film Festival. While at the festival, Joe and Marama decided they could write, film and edit a horror film with co-director Brad Davison within a year, but that timeline has since been extended to 16 months.
The film stars Rebecca Trelease, Maia Wharawhara, Ross MacLeod and Toby Sharpe and is due for festival release in 2007.
Down by the Riverside is a film-noir horror, telling two intertwining stories of murder and mystery set across two decades. In the early twentieth century, several pregnant girls meet in a country house, where they have all been sent to have their unwanted children. The girls and their unborn children were never seen by outsiders again. Almost twenty years later, disturbing truths are revealed, and the dark story continues.
View the trailer here.