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“It is summer. Thirteen year old Janey and her family settle into their isolated cottage for another perfect seaside holiday. Her days are full of swimming and fishing. At night her parents give parties where the adults drink, dance and flirt.

“Janey is increasingly aware of the cracks in her parents’ marriage. Watching her mother begin an affair with a visiting photographer, she starts to discover her own sexuality. Janey decides to grow up quickly. Too quickly…

“In 1994 London based, New Zealand writer Kirsty Gunn published her first novel 'Rain'. It received international acclaim and identified Gunn as 'a new author of undeniable talent' (Sunday Times, London). The novel was described as a 'small masterpiece' (Fay Weldon in the Sunday Mail) and The Guardian called it 'beautifully controlled and darkly powerful.'

“The novel is characterised by Gunn's arresting and beautiful use of language. 'I really loved the sense of atmosphere and foreboding in the novel and also the reflection on childhood.' says Christine Jeffs, director of RAIN. The challenge for Jeffs was to recreate those elements in the medium of film. 'I spent a long time trying to persuade other people that there was a film in there. A story about the detail of everyday life, that was worth translating to the screen.'

“Christine Jeffs, one of New Zealand's foremost commercials directors, has received accolades at Sundance and Cannes with her short film 'Stroke'. RAIN is her first feature film. She spent four years working on the script. 'This is my first film script, and I learned a lot from the process of writing it.’

“John Toon, was involved from the film's inception as cinematographer and associate producer. Robin Scholes joined the production team as executive producer, and eventually Philippa Campbell, who also worked on the script, was recruited as producer.

“One of the crucial elements fell into place when Neil Finn came on board to compose the music for the film. Jeffs has directed music clips for Finn. 'Neil read the script and loved it' she explains. 'He's never done any film composition before. It's a chance for him to go where he's never gone before so he's very excited.'

“Festival/Awards: Directors Fortnights; Cannes; Sundance; Toronto; Edinburgh; Melbourne.” - New Zealand Film Commission; www.nzfilm.co.nz/film/rain; 3/02/2014.


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Year 2001

Reference number F61615

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:32:00

Production company Rose Road, Communicado

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Credits Cast: Alicia Fulford-Wierzbicki
Cast: Sarah Peirse
Cast: Marton Csokas
Cast: Alistair Browning
Cast: Aaron Murphy
Cast: Chris Sherwood
Cast: Claire Dougan
Cast: Alison Routledge
Cast: Pino Scopas
Cast: Ross Harper
Cast: Jane Irwin
Cast: Tom Evans
Cast: Andi Reveley
Cast: L U Rathe
Director: Christine Jeffs
Writer: Christine Jeffs
Adapted From The Novella: Kirsty Gunn
Producer: Philippa Campbell
Executive Producer: Robin Scholes
Associate Producer: John Toon
Line Producer: Judith Trye
Music: Neil Finn
Music: Edmund McWilliams
Director of Photography: John Toon
Editor: Paul Maxwell
Casting: Diana Rowan
Art Direction: Kirsty Clayton
Costume Design: Kirsty Cameron
Makeup Department: Alex De Soto
Makeup Department: Kevin Dufty
Makeup Department: Natalie Wihongi
Second Unit Director Or Assistant Director: Tanya Rotheram
Second Unit Director Or Assistant Director: Chris Short
Second Unit Director Or Assistant Director: Stephanie Weststrate
Sound: David Madigan
Sound: Sam Petty
Visual Effects: Peter McCully
Funding: New Zealand Film Commission
Cast: David Taylor

Related Link New Zealand Film Commission

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