25 May 2009

New Zealand short film singled out at Cannes

12:47 pm on 25 May 2009

The New Zealand short film, "The Six Dollar Fifty Man" has been singled out for a special mention at the Cannes film festival.

Directed by Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston, the film tells the story of a young boy facing up to schoolground bullying.

Writer and director Mark Albiston also won a special mention at Cannes two years ago, with Run.

He told Morning Report the pair have been working on a feature film called Shopping about a teenager in a shoplifting gang.

"Louis has been writing in our hotel room and I've been off talking to distibutors," he says. "We're getting really good feedback."

The main award, the Palme d'Or for best picture, went to Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, an eerie, black-and-white exploration of the roots of Nazi terror.

The Palme D'Or award for top short film went to Portuguese film Arena.