We are showing this film in conjunction with the University Film Society. It’s a film that has not had the publicity it deserves as critics seem to be keen to persuade us that we should ‘spread the word’ and go and see it. You are promised a laugh a minute as the film-makers mine their comic inspiration to the core.
What We Do In The Shadows chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series Flight of the Concordes, co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends reveal to us or, rather, to the documentary crew that’s filming them, the details of their life. Ranging in age from 183 to 8,000, and in appearance from adorably youthful to Nosferatu-crusty, they squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in technology and fashion, antagonize the local werewolves, cruise clubs for lovely ladies, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet.
The film won an award for Production Design in the New Zealand Screen Awards. Two of the actors, Jackie van Beek and Jonathan Burgh, won Best Supporting Actor and Actress in the NZ Film and TV Awards.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall