Watch An Exclusive Clip From Sundance Selection SHOPPING

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
New Zealand directors Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland made an instant fan of me with their 2009 short The Six Dollar Fifty Man, a gem that perfectly captures both the wonder and imagination of being a child and the darkness that comes with being a child raised in difficult circumstances. And the duo is going back to that same territory with their debut feature, the Sundance selected comedy-drama Shopping.

Living in New Zealand in 1981 amid high racial tension, Willie, a half-Samoan teenager, is coming into his own. With an unpredictable father, Willie spends most of his time working at a department store or taking care of his little brother, Solomon. A chance encounter at work with an eccentric and charming "shopper" named Bennie lures Willie into a world without rules. As Willie begins to find a place in Bennie's reckless nest of criminals, Solomon grows increasingly vulnerable to their father's violent tendencies.
Twitch is proud to present the first clip from the film, one that should appeal immensely to fans of Son Of Rambow and Boy while also feeling far more grounded. Check it below.
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  • Mr. Cavin

    This is great. But I do wish the pop aesthetic would trend back toward narrative transitions and away from wall-to-wall montages (or, to be fair, linear narrative so whimsically edited as to become a kind of twitchy, montage-like collage as also seen here).

  • Mr. Cavin

    And, PS, thanks for the tip about Six Dollar Fifty Man, Todd Brown. It was totally worth looking up online. Great narrative, acting, pacing, and if there was a mite too much shakycam in the service of style (must've been hard to make it shake properly when it was ostensibly sitting on the ground!), well, that can be forgiven when nothing else fails.

  • Yeah, I have IMMENSE faith in these guys because of that film. It's really great. We were actually offered two clips to choose from with this one and the other was much more narrative but it only included one of the boys. I opted for this one because of hwo well it captured the relationship between them.

  • Mr. Cavin

    It did the trick. Kvetchy as I may seem, I'm already mentally lining-up to see Shopping when it's available.

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