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Power Rangers morph into award-winning indie

Following its premiere and audience award win at Austin Film Fest late last year, the very-NZ, US-made, all-indie Blood Punch has collected awards at two US festivals in the last week.

At the Hoboken IFF Blood Punch took the gongs for Best Feature, Director and Cinematography from an impressive nine nominations. Yesterday (NZ time) it added to that haul in Los Angeles, taking two audience awards at the Dances With Films festival.


Blood Punch trailer

Much of the team behind the film met on Power Rangers RPM including director Madellaine Paxson and writer Eddie Guzelian, both of whom also worked on Nickelodeon’s Peter Rabbit.

Blood Punch is definitely not kids’ fare, screening in a midnight slot at DWF. Its synopsis begins “A mysterious bad girl checks herself into rehab to find someone to cook crystal meth for her …”

Power Rangers cast members Ari Boyland, Milo Cawthorne, Mike Ginn and Olivia Tennet all appear in Blood Punch, which is produced by Fleur Saville (Shortland Street, Tangiwai, Being Eve).

Blood Punch

The team from Blood Punch in winning form

Elsewhere in the US, Deadline reports that another SPP alumna, Tandi Wright (Nothing Trivial, This Is Not My Life, Bliss), will star in A+E’s adaptation of French zombie-ish show Les Revenants (The Returned).

Ticking both SPP and zombie boxes, Rose McIver (Shortland Street, Mercy Peak, The Lovely Bones, Masters of Sex) will lead US network the CW’s upcoming iZombie (“A medical student who becomes a zombie joins a Coroner’s Office in order to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat so that she can maintain her humanity …”).

When it comes to US TV and SPP it would be churlish not to mention The Almighty Johnsons, which debuts on Syfy next month.

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