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True New Zealand Crime Stories

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"Fine New Zealand Acting"
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These true stories are fascinating in a macabre sort of way. How to Murder your Wife is definitely a Black Comedy – Hilarious in parts. The acting is excellent, especially Mark Mitchinson who plays the lead in 3 of the stories. He makes you genuinely frightened of the true characters he plays. I would highly recommend this DVD.


The perfect New Zealand DVD collection for Christmas. This very special collection contains three new recently screened TVOne programmes, alongside one never released to DVD programme & one top selling previous releases.

How To Murder Your Wife
Multi-award winning How To Murder Your Wife stars Simon O’Connor and Geraldine Brophy. In 1977, 65-year-old Alf Benning (O’Connor) conspired to murder his overbearing wife Betty (Brophy), but a set of outlandish plans and misadventures make Alf an unlikely and lovable murderer. His actions take us on a bizarre journey along with some of Wellington’s most notorious characters in this quirky black comedy. Critically acclaimed, How To Murder Your Wife was the winner of three awards at the New York City International Film Festival 2015; Best Comedy in a feature film, Best actress in a supporting role – Geraldine Brophy and Best Cinematography in a feature film.

Venus and Mars
In October 1996, a young detective Brent Garner (Cunningham) is brutally attacked and his home burned down. The residents of Palmerston North descend into fear and it appears the police are the target of a satanic avenger. Investigation ‘Operation Venus’ is launched and as the facts unfold, a far more bizarre and twisted reality is revealed. Detective Senior Sergeant Grant Nicholls (Hall) suspects the avenger is one of his own and instigates a secret operation ‘Mars’ with a handful of trusted colleagues. To discover the truth he must risk his career, his reputation, and friendship of his tight knit police community. Venus and Mars stars Craig Hall, Ande Cunningham, Paul McLaughlin, Joel Tobeck and Sara Wiseman.

The Monster of Mangatiti
The Monster of Mangatiti is a poignant docu-drama. Featuring Mark Mitchinson and Greta Gregory, the drama details the shocking ordeal endured by teenager Heather Walsh when she was held captive by a sexual predator over the winter of 1985. When 19-year-old Heather accepted a job as a live-in tutor on a remote and idyllic farm in the Mangatiti Valley, she had no idea that paradise would become a nightmare. Initially charmed by 52-year-old Bill Cornelius, her stay with the family descended into a cycle of constant rape, beatings and threats of death. Narrated by Heather herself, and inter-cut with her first person interview, it would take 23 years for her to bring her case to the courts – but justice would be bitter sweet.

In November 1999, Dr Colin Bouwer, the Head of Psychiatry at Otago Hospital, put a murderous plan into action. Over three months he poisoned his wife Annette with prescription medication, causing her slow and painful death.

For some fifty hours Jan Molenaar put a city under siege and made a permanent and devastating imprint upon the national psyche of New Zealand. His actions changed the lives of individuals, families, the Police and Napier. Siege is the story of one of the worst cases of violence New Zealand has ever seen, made all the more shocking because of its ordinary suburban backdrop.

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November 25th, 2015
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