Five kiwi flatmates find something growing in their basement much to their delight, but when the rightful owner comes knocking and finds that they have appropriated the goods things start to go awry.

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Charlie Bleakley ...
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Five Otago University students ('Scarfies') decide to squat in an empty house. They discover a locked room that holds a hidden treasure - a large quantity of marijuana. What happens when the cash-strapped students decide to become amateur druglords for the week? And what exactly should they do about the owner of the crop? Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language, violence, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Willa O'Neill had a serious allergic reaction to the face paint used for the scene when they are going to the Auckland/Otago rugby match. She had to leave it on despite the burning, as there were no other options and the paint had to be re-applied the next few days leaving O'Neill with red bumps all over her face. See more »

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The National Provincial Championship final is portrayed as to only be a few weeks after the start of the school year. The University of Otago school year actually begins in late February, while the NPC finals are held in late October - 8 months later. See more »

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[first lines]
Scott: You come about the flat?
Emma: [yes]
Scott: I warn ya, this place is free for a reason. It's a shit hole. Still want to have a look?
Emma: Yes.
Scott: Okay. Guided tour... Hallway, dark, damp, rat-infested.
Emma: Nice.
[heads up the stairs]
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The best New Zealand film yet
8 August 1999 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

We seem to do brilliant "black" films. This one is no exception. A superb black comedy. The characterisation of all the players is superb... they seem real, and their actions are entirely consistent with their histories as we know them.

Often in New Zealand films, they are let down by the production values. Not so here. This film could have been produced anywhere in the world. The editing is adept and crisp, and the cinematography is supurb. Direction is equally taught. I was literally on the edge of my seat during the climax, and my heart rate was elevated for many minutes afterwards.

If this is the future of New Zealand film, then GIVE THE FILM COMMISSION MORE MONEY!!!!


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