“The film tells the story of Brian Deeds - living a new life in New Zealand after turning ‘supergrass’ in his native Ireland some years before. His life is turned into turmoil when his estranged wife tells him that his cover has been blown and their young son murdered”. - (from Grasscutter press and publicity )
“There were lots of sub- plots or sub- themes underneath the top one of how does, or can, a man leave his past behind? An interesting one for New Zealand viewers was the constant attention brought to the differences between Northern Ireland and New Zealand [...] If the theme of New Zealand as a paradise was what attracted British viewers, New Zealand as a recognisably flawed place - especially in its inefficient bureaucracy - was part of the attraction for local viewers” - “Colleen Reilly, “Great lines but too little conviction”, Dominion Sunday Times, December 2, 1990)
The Grasscutter was released in New Zealand as a tele-feature and subsequently on VHS only.