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Kiwi film Insatiable Moon wins Moondance prize

Wednesday 24 Aug 2011 5:47 p.m.

Still from The Insatiable Moon

Still from The Insatiable Moon

Low budget Kiwi film The Insatiable Moon has taken out one of the top prizes at the Moondance International Film Festival.

The American film festival has awarded The Insatiable Moon the Atlantis Award for feature films made outside the US.

In announcing the award, festival director Elizabeth English said the film received a high rating from the Moondance jury, and reminded her of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

Film3’s Kate Rodger awarded the film three stars, saying: “Some heavy subject matter is alleviated by much wry Kiwi humour. What this film lacks in budget and mainstream appeal, it certainly makes up for with heart.”

For director Rosemary Riddell, it's not her first success at the Moondance festival. In 2006 she took out the Sandcastle Award for her short film Cake Tin.

Riddell is unique in being the first ever feature film director with a day job as a District Court judge.

On learning of her most recent award, Riddell said: "It's always gratifying to be attracting recognition internationally, especially when the film was shot on a shoestring.

“A large part of our success is down to the quality of the acting and the experience of our cinematographer, Tom Burstyn."
The screening of the film and the Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday 18 September.

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