As an antidote to Valentine’s Day, here is an exclusive first look at the upcoming sales title premiering at SXSW, from the teams behind “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, “Boy,” and “What We Do In the Shadows” - THE BREAKER UPPERERS
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Madeleine Sami) and Jen (Jackie van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. They’re a platonic, codependent couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test.
THE BREAKER UPPERERS bring the comedy band back together! Written, directed by and starring Jackie van Beek (What We Do In the Shadows) and Madeleine Sami, the film brings back New Zealand favorites James Rolleston (Boy) and Rima Te Wiata, Cohen Holloway, Oscar Kightley (Hunt for the Wilderpeople), and from across the ditch, Australian comedian Celia Pacquola (Rosehaven).
Executive produced by Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok), the film is produced by Carthew Neal (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Tickled), Ainsley Gardiner (Boy, Eagle v Shark) and Georgina Conder (Free in Deed, Consent) under the Piki and Miss Conception Films banner. THE BREAKER UPPERERS was made in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, Wallace Productions and Department of Post.
The film will be co-distributed in New Zealand by Madman NZ and Piki Films and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. Emily Gotto and Carthew Neal of Piki Films are handling sales for the rest of the world.