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Blue Moon (2018)

Horace Jones (Mark Hadlow) is working at an all-night petrol station when a drug dealer carrying large amounts of money dies in his bathroom. Enforcer Ratty (Jed Brophy) comes to find the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Mark Hadlow ... Horace Jones
Jed Brophy ... Darren Cates
Olivia Hadlow Olivia Hadlow ... Lucille Jones
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kyle Abbott Kyle Abbott ... Newsagent
Robert Ballantyne Robert Ballantyne ... Police Sergeant
Doug Brooks Doug Brooks ... Rueben
Matthew Crawford Matthew Crawford ... Police Officer
Nicole Gardiner Nicole Gardiner ... Police Officer
Geoffrey Geoffrey ... The cat
Nathan Green Nathan Green ... Security Guard
Alison Lenton Alison Lenton ... Veronica Jones (voice)
Jeshurun Scheib Jeshurun Scheib ... Police Officer
Brett Stevens Brett Stevens ... Dayshift Dave
Lai Zhouwhen Lai Zhouwhen ... Wahoe Chan (voice)


Horace Jones (Mark Hadlow) is working at an all-night petrol station when a drug dealer carrying large amounts of money dies in his bathroom. Enforcer Ratty (Jed Brophy) comes to find the missing money. However, when the two come face to face, it becomes clear that they know each other. Written by William

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Release Date:

8 August 2018 (New Zealand) See more »

Filming Locations:

Motueka, New Zealand


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NZD12,000 (estimated)
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This film was shot over six nights in a total of 30 hours on an iPhone 7+. The cast and crew had access to the service station for just five hours a night. See more »


Darren Cates: I understand that Toad, my own entrepreneurial enterprise is spiraling into fucking oblivion as it happens.
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This film packs a great story shot with the phone in your pocket!

This film will inspire anyone with a dream to make movies--with a smartphone. A lot of filmmakers are looking at how smartphone filmmaking is advancing in the film industry by criticizing the aesthetics of films and comparing them to traditional cameras used by the industry. I think it's a missed opportunity for mobile filmmakers looking for inspiration. Filmmaking is storytelling. Part of storytelling in film brings everything to the forefront: aesthetics, cinematic value, locations, cinematography, sound, etc. The story in this film is king. The story in "storytelling" is king.

Don't watch this film to compare cameras but instead compare the story and the style of the director who made a film with great cinematic value on top of the fact that Stef Harris (writer and director) grabs you from the beginning and keeps you in suspension throughout the telling of this story. The acting from the main characters like Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow help give this dialogue heavy film a character of it's own. Without having to re-create flashbacks, the film does a good job establishing the history between the characters through character development. It brings the viewer closer and closer with each scene.

The cinematography of this film is in many ways unique to what one who takes it seriously can accomplish only with a smartphone. The film was shot with an iPhone but you need not use a particular brand to shoot a feature film. A great accomplishment to have shot a great feature film of about 85 minutes using a small crew, limited time and one single main location.

By the way, I am a supporter of this crew after watching their film. I am not biased on the film. I base my review solely on the film itself after watching it and listening to Stef Harris and Jed Brophy share their backstory on my podcast.

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