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The Paragon

Directed by Michael Duignan
New Zealand
83 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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A tennis coach teams with a mysterious psychic tutor to seek revenge on a hit-and-run driver. This delightfully lo-fi cosmic comedy-fantasy is set in Auckland and surrounding alternate realities.

Kiwi writer-director Michael Duignan hits the bullseye with his hugely entertaining and imaginative debut feature. Limping former tennis pro Dutch wants to become psychic so he can take revenge on the hit-and-run driver he blames for everything. Lyra is a psychic coach who suddenly appears and promises to teach Dutch about things like “hyper-dimensional consciousness.” Duignan turns his modest budget into an asset, and this cosmic caper is played to deadpan perfection by Benedict Wall and Florence Noble.

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A quirky comedy with a big heart, some deliciously shoddy B-film action and some broad strokes drama. What makes The Paragon stand out is that it delivers on all those fronts
Theodoor Steen, Screen Anarchy
With a uniquely Kiwi brand of laconic humour and sincere love of 1980s sci-fi and fantasy, it's a midnight movie cosmic adventure straight from the heart
Michelle Carey, International Film Festival Rotterdam

Special Guest

Michael Duignan
Director, Screenwriter
Michael Duignan is a filmmaker based in Wellington, New Zealand. A Masters graduate at AFTRS, his short films have received multiple awards, including Melbourne International Film Festival and New York Film Festival. Duignan also has credits in television, directing for critically acclaimed shows The Cult, Go Girls, The Blue Rose and Power Rangers.

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Sun 9 Jun
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Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Freak Me Out
Unclassified 18+
New Zealand
In English
Michael Duignan
Lissy Turner, Michael Duignan
Benedict Wall, Florence Nobel, Michelle Ang
Michael Duignan
Michael Duignan
Michael Duignan
Australian Premiere
Horror, Comedies, Fantasy & Sci-Fi
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Patra Spanou Film
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