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Genre: Drama Director: Curtis Vowell Cast: Sophie Henderson, Jarod Rawiri, Stephen Lovatt, Jahalis Ngamotu, Writers: Sophie Henderson Rating: R15 (NZ) Run Time: 82 min


Tania thinks she is Maori. She works the graveyard shift at a petrol station saving money so she can take her brother, Pi, to Surfers to find their Dad.

When Pi goes away to pick kiwifruit, Tania is left by herself to plan for their trip. Dean, the overzealous regional manager, arrives to keep an eye on her boss Rog, but he has his eye on Tania too. When Dean questions Tania's culture and who her family is, she starts to piece together the truth and realises she must save her brother and bring him home. But one night a cheeky little bird ruins everything and Tania pays the ultimate price for being a hero.

Directed by Curtis Vowell, Fantail is a charming and heartfelt New Zealand story about where we belong, that both embraces and critiques our culture.  A peek into the sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, often eccentric late night world of a petrol station.

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