After the Waterfall

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After the Waterfall
After the waterfall.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Simone Horrocks
Produced by Trevor Haysom
Written by Simone Horrocks
Starring Antony Starr
Sally Stockwell
Cohen Holloway
Peter McCauley
Georgia Rose
Music by Joel Haines
Cinematography Jac Fitzgerald
Edited by Cushla Dillon
Distributed by Rialto Distribution
Release date
  • 4 November 2010 (2010-11-04) (New Zealand)
Running time
94 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English

After the Waterfall is a 2010 New Zealand drama film based on Stephen Blanchard's novel The Paraffin Child. The film was the first starring role in a feature film for Antony Starr, known for his roles in Outrageous Fortune and was the first feature film directed by Simone Horrocks.[1] It was released theatrically in New Zealand on 4 November 2010.


John Drean (Antony Starr) is a park ranger whose marriage to his wife Ana (Sally Stockwell) begins to suffer when their daughter, Pearl (Georgia Rose), goes missing under his care. Four years later, John is still looking for his little girl and his life seems to be at a standstill, while Ana is in a relationship with John's best friend, and the policeman behind Pearl's disappearance, David (Cohen Holloway). Things begin to change for the better, however, when John's father, George (Peter McCauley), believes he saw Pearl walking past a shop window.



In May 2009 it was announced that award-winning director Simone Horrocks would be directing her debut feature-length production and that Outrageous Fortune actor Antony Starr would be portraying the lead role.[2] Horrocks had previously attracted international attention when she was a semi-finalist for the prestigious Sundance Institute/NHK Filmmaker's Award in 2001.


Critical reception[edit]

The film was released to critical acclaim throughout New Zealand with many praising Starr's acting. Darren Bevan of TVNZ stated that the film was great but slightly let down by Cohen Holloway's performance but Starr makes up for the small hiccup.[3] Francesca Rudkin of The New Zealand Herald gave the film 4/5 stars praising Starr's performance and the plot. She also praises Peter McCauley's performance and the soundtrack saying it adds to the atmosphere immensely.[4] Andrew Hedley of praised Starr's acting but noted the film was at times inconsistent and poorly written.[5] Helen Martin of Onfilm magazine praised Starr's acting alongside the camera shots and music.[6] Christine Powley of the Otago Daily Times criticized the inexperience of the crew but praised how the movie felt Kiwi without resorting to Kiwiana.[7]


The film received several nominations in the 2011 Aotearoa Film & Television Awards, including; director Simone Horrocks for "Outstanding Feature Film Debut", "Best Editing in a Feature Film", "Images & Sound Best Sound in a Feature Film" and "Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film" for Antony Starr.[8]


  1. ^ After the Waterfall - NZ On Screen
  2. ^ The Big Idea editor (5 May 2009). "Antony Starr leads After the Waterfall". The Big Idea. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "After The Waterfall: Movie Review". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Rudkin, Francesca (4 November 2010). "Movie Review: After the Waterfall". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Hedley, Andrew (n.d.). "After the Waterfall - Movie Review". Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Martin, Helen (27 July 2010). "After the Waterfall review". Onfilm. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Powley, Christine (6 November 2010). "FILM REVIEW: After the Waterfall". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Eng, David (15 October 2011). "Aotearoa Film & Television Awards (New Zealand) - nominees". CHINO KINO. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 

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