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Nadia (Elena Stejko) poses for husband Misha in NZ feature film RUSSIAN SNARK. CREDIT: Stephen Sinclair & Nick Monks
Misha (Stephen Papps) making art in NZ feature film RUSSIAN SNARK. CREDIT: Steve Latty
“…a touching, beautifully drawn Kiwi film … well worth hunting out”
Sunday Star Times
“Year’s Most Tasteful Depiction of Nudity”
New Zealand Listener
This Sunday (19 June), the writer-director of New Zealand feature Russian Snark will take part in a special Q&A at Wellington’s Paramount Cinema after the 5pm screening of the film, which opens in cinemas nationwide this week.
Stephen Sinclair is a successful screenwriter, having written the scripts for The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, Meet the Feebles and Braindead with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.
He’s also a celebrated playwright – as well as writing such plays as The Bach and The Bellbird, he's the co-creator of international stage hit Ladies Night Anthony McCarten.
Sinclair is making his feature film directorial debut with Russian Snark, which he describes as “an eccentric comedy-drama-art movie” about a Russian filmmaker struggling to further his career in NZ and the pressure this puts on his marriage and mental health.
A central theme of the movie is whether it’s better to be a great artist or a good man, something Sinclair laughingly admits has great personal resonance for him.
“Filmmaking is not a family-friendly profession,” he says, “and the conflict between work and private life was certainly an issue during the making of Russian Snark. Though my wife is still talking to me – so at least the outcome wasn’t disastrous!”
Sinclair will also be attending Q&A screenings of the film in Auckland (Rialto Cinema, Newmarket,16 June, 6pm) New Plymouth (Art House Cinema,18 June, 8.20pm) and Palmerston North (Cinema Gold, 23 June, 5.45pm).
Local screening times: http://www.paramount.co.nz/
Official website: www.russiansnark.com
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