17 Sep 2009

Film industry giant gives documentary Topp marks

4:17 pm on 17 September 2009

"A docu that has you falling in love with two of the crazier people you've never met." That's just the opening line in Variety's glowing review of Untouchable Girls, a film by New Zealand comedy sister-act, the Topp Twins.

The influential movie industry magazine could not have been more impressed, with reviewer John Anderson describing the characters created by Linda and Jools Topp as transformations worthy of world-class actresses.

The film has just been screened at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, and Jools Topp told Checkpoint on Wednesday she's pretty happy: "It's a coup for New Zealand. To make a movie for under $1 million and take it to the Toronto International Film Festival and the biggest movie magazine in America picks it up and says it's the best thing since sliced bread - well, I guess we have to feel pretty proud about it."

However, New Zealand director Niki Caro's The Vintner's Luck, which also screened in Toronto, was not well received by Variety, with reviewer Justin Chang calling it Caro's least impressive work.