Director Geoff Murphy
Producer Merata Mita, Don Reynolds
Screenplay Geoff Murphy
With Cliff Curtis (Mort Whitman), Christopher Hobbs (Kevin Jones), John Leigh (Jimmy Black), Miriama Smith (Ruby)
In his first feature made here after years making films in Hollywood, Geoff Murphy takes an intriguing series of events from 1992 New Zealand as his starting point and, making a daring imaginative jump, spins it to where all good 21st-century conspiracies lead – Osama Bin Laden and the CIA.
A conspiracy thriller arising from the mysterious death of Kevin Jones, who thinks he’s just buying second-hand computers until he looks at the data left on the discs.
Was Kev murdered, or did he simply get drunk and crash his car? Investigating journalist Mort Whitman will find out if it kills him. Cliff Curtis stars in Spooked, a feature film written and directed by Geoff Murphy.
“Murphy had been working on the project for about six years, and at one point had German funding, but pulled back from it when it became apparent that the script changes required by the investors would have compromised the story.
Murphy: ‘The changes and the casting they wanted showed a complete lack of understanding of how it would work. So I said ‘I can make films in Hollywood where they have control of the casting and rewrite the script. That’s not my idea of a New Zealand film’. A New Zealand film is where you make a film about us and it’s totally, uncompromisingly about us. It’s designed to make our people have a bloody good time, have a good laugh, have a good cry and maybe be frightened, anxious or whatever.”
Find out more about this on the New Zealand Film Commission website.