Their feature deubt is being produced by Warp Films Australia.
Acclaimed New Zealand short film directors Mark Albiston and Louis Sutherland are making their feature debut with Shopping, which will shoot on the Kapiti Coast and in Wellington, New Zealand from mid April.
Set in New Zealand in 1981, the film centres around a 16 year old boy who is seduced by a charismatic criminal, being foced to choose between a family of shoplifters or his own blood.
The film will star Jacek Koman, with more casting still to be announced.
Shopping is being financed by the New Zealand Film Commission with backing from Fulcrum Media Finance. It will be distributed in New Zealand and Australia by Madman Entertainment. NZ Film, the sales arm of the NZFC, is handling world sales of the film.
The film is being produced by Warp Films Australia producers’ Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw.
Albiston and Sutherland previously wrote and directed New Zealand shorts The Six Dollar Fifty Man and Run. Both films screened at Cannes where they picked up Special Distinctions in the Short Film Competition.
The Six Dollar Fifty Man also received the Jury Prize for International Short Filmmaking at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was long-listed for the 2011 Academy Awards.