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Cash-strapped ambition

Published: 7:31PM Tuesday July 21, 2009 Source: Close Up

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.