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Nineteen year old Ska is the Queen City Rocker. Ska and his friends lead a risky existence caught between the police, rival gangs, and the men who buy the goods they steal. QUEEN CITY ROCKER is about a turning point in Ska’s life - four days in which he falls in love, sees his best friend die and leaves the streets forever.

“QUEEN CITY ROCKER reflects a side of life people read of in the papers, but otherwise know little about. ‘It goes against a whole set of national stereotypes’, says director Bruce Morrison [...] ‘The world will find the attitude of some of the characters wanting. They won’t like it, I’m sure. They won’t like people swearing and they won’t like people being violent to each other and to property’”- (Waikato Times)

“Through the lens of Director of Photography Kevin Hayward, Auckland is a mean and angry city, pulsating with raw power. Stylish and original compositions offer us buildings with weird and deceptive angles. Lights, glimmering just out of frame, threaten and discomfit.” - Peter Calder; “Queen City Grit”; New Zealand Herald, February 16, 1987.

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Year 1986

Reference number F2082

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Feature

Duration 1:30:00

Production company Mirage Films

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Credits Ska: Matthew Hunter
Cast: Mark Pilisi
Sniper: Ricky Bribiesca
Stacy: Kim Willoughby
Fran: Rebecca Saunders
Ryder: Peter Bland
Cast: Pevise Vaifale
Buyer: George Henare
Manager: Michael Morrisey
Ryder’s Driver: Rob Jayne
Ska’s Sister: Greer Robson
Director: Bruce Morrison
Producer: Larry Parr
Executive Producer: Henry Fownes
Associate Producer: Finola Dwyer
Writer: Bob Baer
Director of Photography: Kevin Hayward
Camera: John Mahaffie
Sound Recordist: George Lyle
Production Manager: Chloe Smith
Music: Dave McCartney
Editor: Michael Hacking

Related Link New Zealand Film Commission

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