Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Director: Robert Sarkies, Karl Urban, Matthew Sunderland, Lois Lawn

Cast: Robert Sarkies, Karl Urban, Matthew Sunderland, Lois Lawn

     
 
Out of the Blue, New Zealand writer-director Robert Sarkies' long-awaited follow-up to his 1999 feature debut, Scarfies, recreates the events that led up to and surrounded David Gray's November 13, 1990 mass murder of 13 locals in the town of Aramoana, New Zealand. Sarkies, however, approaches the material not as exploitation nor as an action picture,

Overview

Out of the Blue, New Zealand writer-director Robert Sarkies' long-awaited follow-up to his 1999 feature debut, Scarfies, recreates the events that led up to and surrounded David Gray's November 13, 1990 mass murder of 13 locals in the town of Aramoana, New Zealand. Sarkies, however, approaches the material not as exploitation nor as an action picture, but -- like Terrence Malick in his 1973 true crime picture Badlands -- as an understated and detached drama. Sarkies uses a contemplative and reflective approach and a small-town pace and resists gratuitousness, intersecting several tales of casualties and survivors and downplaying the brutal violence. One story involves the contentious relationship between fiftysomething Jim (Timothy Bartlett) and his mother (Lois Lawn); another has a mom, Julia Anne (Tandi Wright) informing her daughter Rewa (Jacinta Wawatai) and her beau's children that they plan to share a house; and in a third, eccentric gun nut David Gray (Matthew Sunderland) cracks and guns down Julia's boyfriend, Gerry (Simon Ferry), in cold blood. These only represent the first three threads in a complex narrative tapestry; the story ultimately gives way to tense hours as the locals, realizing that a predator is on the loose and will kill anyone he can find, barricade their homes and cower in fear. Cinematographer Greig Fraser gives the picture a chilly, wintry aesthetic, rich with whites and blues. The film co-stars Karl Urban; Graeme Tetley co-authored the script with Sarkies.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
UPC:
0796019810814
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Ifc
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

The making of Out of the Blue: The Tragedy; Honoring Aramoana; Photo gallery; Recollections from the actors; Feature commentary by director/co-writer Robert Sarkies and Bill O'Brien (Author of Aramoana: Twenty-Two Hours of Terror)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Karl Urban Actor
Matthew Sunderland David Gray
Lois Lawn Actor
Simon Ferry Gerry
Tandi Wright Julia Anne
William Kircher Actor
Paul Glover Actor
Georgina Fabish Actor
Fayth Rasmussen Actor
Timothy Bartlett Jim
Jacinta Wawatai Rewa

Technical Credits
Robert Sarkies Director,Screenwriter
Rachel Bullock Casting
Lesley Burkes-Harding Costumes/Costume Designer
Ann Collins Editor
Greig Fraser Cinematographer
Paul Grinder Asst. Director
Philip Ivey Production Designer
Victoria Kelly Score Composer
Steven O'Meagher Producer
Graham Tetley Screenwriter
Ken Turner Art Director
Timothy White Producer
Dave Whitehead Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Out of the Blue
1. Morning in Aramoana [5:45]
2. Silent Lover [5:33]
3. Heading Into Town [5:13]
4. Gun Store Visit [4:22]
5. Lost Soul [4:20]
6. Family Time [5:27]
7. Breaking Point [5:50]
8. Rampage [4:10]
9. A Call for Help [5:19]
10. Police Arrival [5:35]
11. Storming Gray's Compound [4:26]
12. Officer Down [4:09]
13. Manhunt [6:02]
14. Don't Hesitate [5:17]
15. A Comforting Voice [5:17]
16. Break In [4:52]
17. Day Breaks [2:44]
18. Gray's Last Stand [5:04]
19. Picking up the Pieces [5:12]
20. End Credits [3:26]

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