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Via Satellite (1998)

As a family gather to watch one of their own swimming in the Olympics, minutes of fame become a hilarious and painful 24 hours when they uncover the secrets of a lifetime.

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Anthony McCarten

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Anthony McCarten (play), Anthony McCarten (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danielle Cormack ... Chrissy / Carol
Karl Urban ... Paul
Jack Chan Jack Chan ... Takeaway Bar Owner
John McBeth John McBeth ... Olympic Commentator
Rima Te Wiata ... Jen
Timothy Balme ... Ken (as Tim Balme)
Donna Akersten Donna Akersten ... Joyce
Petra Peters Petra Peters ... Midwife
Jodie Dorday Jodie Dorday ... Lyn
Fiona Samuel Fiona Samuel ... Infomercial Voice
Shane Bartle Shane Bartle ... Infomercial Voice
Brian Sergent ... Brian
Colin Addison Colin Addison ... Old MacPherson
Bob Wiki Bob Wiki ... Haka Exponent
Vinny Epiha Vinny Epiha ... Barman
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As a family gather to watch one of their own swimming in the Olympics, minutes of fame become a hilarious and painful 24 hours when they uncover the secrets of a lifetime.

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1998 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Familienglück oder andere Katastrophen See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Color
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Stylish? I think not. A formulated kitchen sink drama that should serve well for daytime TV programming.
18 January 1999 | by s1eveSee all my reviews

A disappointing film.

The story established our protagonist as Chrissy, a 'young', rather sullen individual drifting, not doing much. Actually she does very little to move the narrative along so it didn't surprise me to see the focus shifting on her relatives. It's a pity though, Chrissy seem like interesting character.

Story was predictable and at times felt quite formulated. So the question now is, when are we going to see the Campions, Jacksons, and the Tamahori's breaking ground with compelling, cinematically-told stories that will inspire, rather than entertain for the toll of two hours?

Technically, a disgusting shot film.


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