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 In Scarfies (1999) a group of Dunedin university students (scarfies) move into an abandoned flat only to discover a basement marijuana plot. They sell it but things get tricky when the criminal grower returns. The students trap him in the basement and the film becomes a psychological thriller as the students debate what to do with their increasingly unhinged captive. Scarfies celebrates the student culture of Dunedin. Its quirky plot and whimsical humour won over local audiences and it received the best film award at the 2000 New Zealand film and television awards.

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Nightmare Productions
Reference: Scarfies. Producer, Lisa Chatfield; director, Robert Sarkies. Nightmare Productions, 1999

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Ben Schrader, 'City images - The city in films', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010