DAFFODILS is a bittersweet love story told with beautiful re-imaginings of iconic New Zealand songs, releasing in cinemas across New Zealand from March 21, 2019.
View the DAFFODILS teaser trailer here:
Transmission Films, Joint Managing Directors Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie comment “We can’t wait for audiences to experience DAFFODILS. David and Richard have made a joyous film that is so full of life. Having released some of the biggest Kiwi films of all time we’re confident that this tale of family, love and music will capture the imagination of all audiences.”
Inspired by a true story, this heartfelt musical love story features the songs we grew up with, including some of the most iconic New Zealand songs ever written; tracks by Crowded House, LIPS, Bic Runga, Chris Knox, The Mint Chicks, Dave Dobbyn, The Clean, The Exponents, Darcy Clay, Mutton Birds, Th’Dudes, The Senators/Ray Columbus and the Invaders, The Swingers and Blam Blam Blam.
DAFFODILS Director David Stubbs shares, “It’s incredibly exciting to be on the verge of sharing DAFFODILS with the audience it was made for – New Zealanders. DAFFODILS is a musical – and a very human story that will speak to all kiwis. And of course, it’s a celebration of New Zealand music, that I hope will resonate across the globe.”
DAFFODILS stars international kiwi actors Rose McIver (iZombie, The Lovely Bones) and George Mason (Home & Away, Go Girls) alongside Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Kimbra, in her big screen debut in a musical and acting role. All three lead roles returned home to New Zealand to star in this heart aching drama of a quintessential New Zealand marriage, told with iconic New Zealand music.
New Zealand Film Commission CEO, Annabelle Sheehan says “DAFFODILS is a universally resonant love story that is also uniquely Kiwi and driven by the songs New Zealanders grew up with. It’s so great that the filmmakers will get to share this story with audiences soon.”
This New Zealand musical feature film is based on the much-loved and critically acclaimed (winner of a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe) stage play Daffodils. DAFFODILS, is written by the playwright Rochelle Bright, directed by David Stubbs (Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses, Reservoir Hill) and produced by Richard Fletcher (The Changeover, Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, Boy). Silver Scroll winner Stephanie Brown and Fen Ikner of electro-pop duo LIPS are Music Directors and Composers.