'Shopping' at Sundance — 29.11.12

Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland's debut feature film Shopping is among 113 films from around the world that will feature in the Sundance Film Festival in January next year, selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland's debut feature film Shopping is among 113 films from around the world that will feature in the Sundance Film Festival in January next year, selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition

Shopping, much of it shot on the Kapiti Coast, follows 1980s teenager Willie, a young criminal that must choose between his family and gang of shoplifters.

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival received more than 12,000 entries, including 4000 feature films. Only 113 were selected for screening.

The pair have previously been successful with short films including the Sixty Dollar Fifty Man, which won a host of awards at Cannes, Sundance and the Berlin film festivals.

Louis Sutherland says "We both felt very proud when we were made New Generation artists by the Arts Foundation. To be standing shoulder to shoulder with the next wave of talented kiwi artists was enough, but to receive prize money that also allowed us to support our families while concentrating on the development of our feature film script was something else. Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Arts Foundation and to Freemasons New Zealand [who sponsored the Award] for helping us make our film as it now begins its life going into competition at Sundance 2013!".