Screened as part of NZIFF 2010

Wound 2010

Directed by David Blyth

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.

77 minutes DigiBeta

Director, Screenplay


Andrew Beattie
David Blyth


Marc Mateo


Samantha Sperlich
Eddie Larsen


Jed Town


Kate O’Rourke (Susan)
Te Kaea Beri (Tanya)
Campbell Cooley (Master John)
Sandy Lowe (Mistress Ruth)
Brendan Gregory (Neil)
Ian Mune (Dr Nelson)
Maggie Tarver (Dr Alice Weaver)
Chrystal Ash (Rosie)
Matt Easterbrook (Mark)
Omar Al Sobky, Andy Sophocleous (Crisis Team)


FantAsia, Fright Fest 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