Apron Strings - 2008
Great Southern Film - 86 min.
DVD UPC #9312590150609
Cast: Laila Rouass, Scott Wills, Jennifer Ludlam, Nathan Whitaker, Leela Patel, Jodie Rimmer, Kate Harcourt.
Screenplay: Shuchi Kathari, Dianne Taylor; Director of Photography: Rewa Harre ; Original Music: Mark Petrie; Editing: Dric De Beus; Production Designer: Johnny Hawkins; Costume Design: Nina Edwards; Producers: Rachel Gardner, Angela Littlejohn;
Director: Vaele Sima Urale
A parallel story of two families and two cultures set in suburban Otahuhu. It explores the boundaries of nurture and control, mothering and smothering and how we sometimes have to let go of our individual sense of what is "right" and what is "good". As the Pakeha family struggles to move out of a co-dependent stalemate that stops them from moving forward, the Indian family has to confront misunderstandings and secrets from the past that tore their family apart. English subtitles should have been added to overcome the difficulty non-New Zealanders will have in hearing everything. Recommended.
Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B-