March 25, 2021
Cousins breaks $1m at box office
Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith’s debut feature, Cousins, has taken over $1 million dollars at the New Zealand box office.
After three weeks in release at New Zealand cinemas it continues to play strongly around the country, remaining on over 100 screens from Keri Keri to Stewart Island.
Recent New Zealand films that have passed the million-dollar mark include The Breaker Upperers, Savage, and The Dark Horse.
The result comes despite partial COVID lockdowns, tsunami warnings and the America's Cup.
Film commission chief executive Annabelle Sheehan says its success is a testament to the film’s authenticity, a much beloved novel and the unique voices of the wahine Māori who brought it to the screen.
Based on the novel by Patricia Grace, Cousins is directed by Ainsley Gardiner and Briar Grace-Smith and written by Grace-Smith.
The film follows Mata, Missy and Makareta, three cousins connected by blood but separated by circumstances, as they spend a lifetime in search of each other.
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