Journey into the depraved mind of David Blyth, the bête noire of NZ cinema in a supernatural tale based on Greek mythology. Warning: contains extreme sadism and violence.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2010
Wound marks the bold comeback of the enfant terrible of New Zealand cinema. In 1978 David Blyth’s punkish sex-in-the-suburbs debut Angel Mine caused outrage and censorship debates. He later cemented his reputation with a bona fide antipodean horror classic Death Warmed Up. New Zealand has a weak history of transgressive cinema: Wound is the angry by-product of being bored by the utterly predictable banality of our mainstream movies. After years of working in the documentary landscape, Blyth’s lo-fi comeback is a shocking supernatural tale of mental illness, bondage, incest, revenge and explicit graphic violence. A reinterpretation of the Demeter-Persephone myth (mother tries to rescue her child from Hades), it features a vengeful daughter searching for the mother who gave her up for dead after being abused by her own father. A ferocious, brave performance from Kate O’Rourke centres the film as all around spirals into dementia and viscera. — AT