What We Do in the Shadows

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Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2014
European premiere at the Berlin Film Festival 2014
In cinemas in:

New Zealand: 19 June, 2014; online: 31 October, on DVD: 26 November, 2014
Australia: 4 September, 2014; on DVD & Blu-ray: 7 January, 2015
Germany: 30 October, 2014
UK and Ireland: 21 November, 2014; DVD & Blu-ray: 13 April, 2015
Sweden: 12 December, 2014
The Netherlands: 18 December, 2014
Japan: 24 January, 2015
Norway: 30 January, 2015
USA and Canada: 13 February, 2015; DVD & Blu-ray: 19 May, 2015
Poland: 27 February, 2015
Russia: 26 March, 2015

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2013 (86 minutes)

Cast and Credits

Directors: Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
Screenwriters: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Producers: Taika Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley, Emanuel Michael
Principal Cast: Jemaine Clement (Vladislav), Taika Waititi (Viago), Jonathon Brugh (Deacon), Cori Gonzalez-Macuer (Nick), Stu Rutherford (Stu), Ben Fransham (Petyr), Jackie van Beek (Jackie)

Synopsis
Consider the living quarters of vampires and stodgy old castles in Transylvania might come to mind. But these aren’t your typical bloodsuckers. Viago (379 years old), Deacon (183 years old), Vladislav (862 years old), and Peter (8,000 years old) have chosen to share a flat in Wellington, New Zealand. Unfortunately for them, it’s hard to make new friends due to their constant thirst for blood. Without any mortal chums left to invite them in to all of the hip establishments around town, they’ve lost touch with the current social scene. Can these creatures of the night put aside their differences as roommates and adapt to modern society?

In What We Do in the Shadows, frequent collaborators Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement share writing, directing, and acting duties—all with precise comedic timing. The end result is a hysterical mockumentary that unearths a secret, supernatural society where friendship and camaraderie are just as important as feasting upon the flesh of mortals.

O.J.

About the Directors
Hailing from the tropical continent of New Zealand, Oscar-losing director Taika Waititi grew up just like the title character in the original Conan. This will be his third feature to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. His first was Eagle vs. Shark in 2007, followed by BOY in 2010. He counts among his friends folks such as Stu, Toby, Warner, Ross, Dustin, and Niles. He also invented the sideways “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout?” look.

Reclusive actor/director/MMA star Jemaine Clement lives in the mountains of New Zealand with his wife and 16 cats. He was once a business mogul in the ruthless door-to-door orange-juice-selling trade; however, the whole thing came tumbling down in 2006, and he was tragically reduced to having his own HBO show, performing sell-out concerts with his band, Flight of the Conchords, and acting in giant movies like Men in Black 3.

Trailer and #FangFriday Teasers

Awards:

  • The Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards 2014 – Best Self Funded Film, Best Supporting Actress (Jackie Van Beek), Best Sound (Simon Riley, Mike Hedges & Tim Chaproniere) & Best Production Design (Ra Vincent)
  • Hawaii International Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
  • Toronto International Film Festival 2014 – Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award
  • Stanley Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award
  • Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival 2014 – RTS Audience Award
  • Full Moon – Horror & Fantasy Film Festival 2014 in Transylvania – Best Film and Audience Award
  • SITGES Film Festival of Catalonia 2014 – Jury’s Special Mention and Grand Audience Award: Best Feature Film
  • Monsters of Film 2014 in Stockholm – Audience Award
  • Warsaw Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award
  • Celluloid Screams Sheffield Horror Film Festival 2014 – Best Feature Award
  • San Sebastian Horror & Fantasy Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award
  • Night Visions Film Festival 2014 in Helsinki – Audience Award
  • Virginia Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
  • Leeds International Film Festival 2014 – Audience Award for Best Film
  • Turin Film Festival 2014 – Best Screenplay Award
  • Outlier Film Festival 2014 – Best Feature Award
  • 2014 NZ Comedy Guild Awards – Best NZ On-Screen Comedy Performance (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer), The Kevin Smith Memorial Cup for Best Artist Achievement (Cast & Crew)
  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2014 – In Top 5 People’s Choice Awards Winners
  • Australian International Movie Convention 2014 – Award for Highest Grossing New Zealand Film at the Australasian Box Office Achievement Awards

Reviews

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL:
> SLUG Magazine by Esther Meroño, January 20, 2014
> Ain’t It Cool News by Eric Vespe “Quint”, January 20, 2014
> The Hollywood Reporter by John DeFore, January 20, 2014
> HitFix by Drew McWeeny, January 21, 2014
> Badass by Devin Faraci, January 21, 2014
> Movies.com by Erik Davis, January 21, 2014
> FilmPulse by Adam, January 22, 2014
> TwitchFilm by Ryland Aldrich, January 22, 2014
> Crave Online by Fred Topel, January 23, 2014
> Fangoria by Samuel Zimmerman, January 24, 2014
> Screen Casting by Chris Bumbray, January 31, 2014

BERLINALE FILM FESTIVAL:
> Radio RBB/Fritz Blog, February 11, 2014
> Der Tagesspiel by Marc Röhlig, February 12, 2014
> Fluter by Valentin Scharf, February 13, 2014
> SATT by Thomas Vorwerk, February 14, 2014

SXSW FESTIVAL:
> Paracinema by Bryce Wilson, March 9, 2014
> Metronews by Ned Ehrbar, March 11, 2014
> IndieWire: Thompson on Hollywood by Beth Hanna, March 12, 2014
> Film School Rejects by Christopher Campbell, March 13, 2014
> IndieWire: ThePlaylist by Drew Taylor, March 14, 2014
> Fearnet by Scott Weinberg, March 17, 2014
> ScreenCrush by Britt Hayes, March 18, 2014
> Moveable Fest by Stephen Saito, March 2014
> About.com by Eric D. Snider, March 2014
> Moviepilot by Jack Giroux, March 25, 2014

OTHER FESTIVALS:
> Movie Moles – Sydney Film Festival, July 21, 2014
> The Low Down Under – MIFF 2014: Stephen’s 2 Line Review, August 3, 2014
> The Essential – MIFF 2014: What We Do in the Shadows by Bradley J. Dixon, August 8, 2014
> 4:3 – Dungog Festival by Conor Bateman, August 31, 2014
> mellowdramatix.de by Syno Nyhm, September 1, 2014
> Stream Magazine: Graphic review from the Torino Film Festival, December, 2014

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE:
> The Iris by Larry Heath, May 4, 2014
> AccessReel by Sian Dhu, August 23, 2014
> Renowned For Sound by Blake Shipley, August 26, 2014
> FilmInk by Tom Clift, September 2014
> The Sunday Telegraph: Kiwi film What We Do In The Shadows taps into a fresh vein of vampire humour, August 31, 2014
> SWITCH by Brent Davidson, August 31, 2014
> The Conversation by Leigh McLennon, September 4, 2014
> Canberra Times by Cris Kennedy, September 5, 2014

UK and IRISH RELEASE:
> The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw – Best Comedy of the Year – 5 stars, November 20, 2014
> The Guardian – video review by Peter Bradshaw, November 20, 2014
> Radio Times by Lucy Barrick – 4 stars, November 21, 2014
> The Irish Times by Donald Clarke – 4 stars, November 21, 2014
> The Telegraph by Tim Robey – 4 stars, November 21, 2014
> Empire by Dan Jolin – 4 stars, November 21, 2014

Links
> Articles and interviews from Sundance 2014
> Photos from Sundance
> Articles and interviews from Berlinale
> Photos from Berlinale 2014
> Photos and interviews from SXSW Festival
> Australia tour and publicity
> Jemaine and Stu at TIFF 2014
> German premiere
> UK release publicity

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