Better Work Stories

Find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. So they say. It’s easier said than done, though! The people in these short films have interesting workplaces, or they liven things up by doing unusual things on the job: a recalcitrant cam-girl, two brothers who run a paintball shooting range, a chef who cooks last meals for inmates on death row, and a family of drug dealers. Throw in a little office romance, a derailed audition, and a court case for a dramatic ride. Sounds like an exciting day at the office!

Estimated total run time: 106 minutes.
Rating R13 Violence, offensive language, drug references, suicide references, sexual references & content that may disturb. Contact your cinema for details.

Dead Nature

Fantasy, 15 mins, Mexico

Dir/Writ/Prod: Juan Enrique Villarreal

An introverted prison cook becomes fascinated by the unusual last-meal request of a prisoner on death row.

(The Afghanistans)

Drama, 17 mins, Romania

Dir/Writ: Adrian Silisteanu

Writ: Claudia Silisteanu

Prod: Anamaria Antoci

Sporadic bursts of gunshots echo among the ruins of a village that’s of great import for the Romanian government. Two men engage in a negotiation that will decide the fate of the settlement, and their own future.


Drama, 18 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Jeremiah Tauamiti

Prod: Ngaire Fuata

A court interpreter in colonial Samoa is faced with the choice of risking everything in order to help a wrongfully convicted chief.

Patision Avenue

Drama, 13 mins, Greece

Dir/Writ: Thanasis Neofotistos

Writ: Yorgos Angelopoulos, Pavlos Sifakis

Prod: Ioanna Bolomyti

A woman is on her way to an audition when she discovers that her son has been left home alone. As she fights to balance the most important roles of her life, rioting breaks out in the streets around her.

Sometimes, I Think About Dying

Drama, 13 mins, USA

Dir/Writ/Prod: Stefanie Abel Horowitz

Wri/Prod: Katy Wright-Mead

Writ: Kevin Armento

Fran is thinking about dying, but a man in the office might want to date her.


World Premiere

Drama, 8 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ/Prod: Jaya Beach-Robertson

A funny crime drama set in the gritty world of online performance transactions, where a street-smart cam-girl is presented with an illicit way to make some extra cash.

Number Two

World Premiere

Comedy, 8 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Rachel Ross

Prod: Morgan Leigh Stewart

Grace is desperate to take a discreet poop before an office meeting. However, she can’t seem to get the restroom to herself and is forced into a `poop-off’ situation.

The Cocaine Famine

Comedy, 13 mins, Ireland

Dir/Prod: Sam McMullen

Wri/Prod: Brian Martin

A black comedy about an interrogation between two Irish drug dealers and their English captive that descends into a fierce debate about cocaine, colonialism, and the futility of nationalism.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Tue 8 Oct

2:15 pm
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*World premiere screening with filmmaker intro

Sat 12 Oct

8:30 pm
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Christchurch – Alice

Mon 21 Oct

6:30 pm
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Wellington Central – Light House Cuba

Mon 14 Oct

4:30 pm
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Fri 18 Oct

8:30 pm
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Tue 22 Oct

6:30 pm
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