Tom Augustine finds himself moved by Bellbird, a quiet NZ film which makes a big impact
Many New Zealand films of recent years fulfill a certain archetype - intensely rural, low-key, mildly dramatic stories about good-natured folk navigating classically Kiwi conflicts. Think Boy or The Dark Horse or Daffodils or Mahana.
In modern terms, it's the closest we have to a recurring cliche, regardless of the quality of said films (for my money Boy and The Dark Horse number among some of the best films this country has produced in the last 20 years). The new Kiwi film out in