Meet the awesome Kiwi pony-riding gang

horses for coursesAnimals, astronomy, mate-ship, ice, religion and love are just some of the subjects explored in this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival selection of New Zealand films.

And if that doesn’t sound like enough variety, there’s also a little gem named The Deadly Ponies Gang.

The world premiere of this 65-minute  R13 movie is on July 31 in Auckland.

The stars of the movie are Clint and Dwayne – an “awesome pony-riding gang of two”.

The two best friends, who hang out on the rural fringes of West Auckland, deal tinnies to pony club mums and bling out their own brave steeds with pearls, sunglasses and glitter.

Community-spirited in the best gang tradition, Clint and Dwayne stage their own Christmas parade and hand out toys like money is no object. “Let’s just say these presents come from people who can afford more presents,” explains Clint.

And, while the ponies have had the added benefit of attracting females, Clint is worried that Dwayne is not as attractive as he used to be, so is wondering if a new set of teeth might help.

clint and d wayFilm director Zoe McIntosh, whose last subject was the cross-dressing attorney Rob Moodie (Lost in Wonderland), doesn’t want viewers to mistake this equally improbable portrait for a mockumentary.

She believes she has devised the perfect showcase for the deadpan laugh bombs of real-life friends Clint Rarm and Dwayne Sissons.

Real lives and comic personas merge in a dramatic climax, which all too clearly actually took place: The “Help My Mate Dwayne Get Some Teeth Fundraiser” gig, on Ponsonby Road, featuring the Rhymestone Cowboy.

He raps on a horse. You have been warned!

The Deadly Ponies Gang (Wednesday July 32, 6.30pm Sky City Theatre, Auckland)

Director: Zoe McIntosh
Year: 2013
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 65 mins
Censor Rating: R13 – drug use, offensive language
Genres: Animals, Comedy, Horses, Women make movies

Producer: Zoe McIntosh
Screenplay: Zoe McIntosh, Clint Rarm
Photography: Tammy Williams
Editor: Costa Botes
Music: The Rhymestone Cowboy
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With: Clint Rarm, Dwayne Sisson, Kody Rowe, Sophie Musgrove, The Rhymestone Cowboy

 

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