Scarfies


1h 34m 1999

Brief Synopsis

University life has just begun for five kiwi students. First challenge: find somewhere cheap to live. They soon discover a deserted mansion -- free rent, free electricity, freedom! But their squat hides a secret... a crop of marijuana growing in the basement. Obviously abandoned, it must be worth a

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Portman Film & Television
Distribution Company
Filmauro Distribuzione

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Synopsis

University life has just begun for five kiwi students. First challenge: find somewhere cheap to live. They soon discover a deserted mansion -- free rent, free electricity, freedom! But their squat hides a secret... a crop of marijuana growing in the basement. Obviously abandoned, it must be worth a fortune. There's only one sensible thing to do -- enroll in "Crime 101" and become amateur drug lords for a day. Problem is the owner of the drugs returns. When he sees he's been cleaned out, he doesn't just want revenge, he wants his money. The flatmates panic and lock him in the basement. But holding an "accidental" hostage places these students way out of their depth. As the pressure mounts, their shaky relationship begins to implode.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Portman Film & Television
Distribution Company
Filmauro Distribuzione

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2000 New Zealand Film Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Willa O'Neill) Best Supporting Actor (Jon Brazier) and Best Editing.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1999

Released in United States May 1999

Released in United States January 2000

Released in United States July 2000

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 12-23, 1999.

Shown at Taormina International Film Festival July 2-9, 2000.

Feature directorial debut for Robert Sarkies.

The term "scarfies" is local slang for students at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand, where the wearing of a scarf was once obligatory.

Released in United States Winter January 1, 1999

Released in United States May 1999 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (market) May 12-23, 1999.)

Released in United States January 2000 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema) January 20-30, 2000.)

Released in United States July 2000 (Shown at Taormina International Film Festival July 2-9, 2000.)