In the United States, an average blockbuster film costs more than $250 million. Compare that to the $5 million most New Zealand film makers have to produce a movie. Seems dismal, but it would be a budget James Napier Roberston and Tom Hern could only have dreamt of.
The cash-strapped pair had the ambition to make a back-of-the-woods whodunit, and succeeded with sheer check and determination to make a slick thriller.
Close Up reporter Robyn James spoke to the pair to figure out how they did it.