Based on the true story of the German submarine U-862 that
cruised the East Coast of New Zealand in January 1945, the film
follows a grieving war-widow as she seeks revenge on two crewmen
from the U-boat who come ashore for fresh milk.
Filming took place from 5 to 8 April 2018, at beautiful
Whareakeake near Dunedin.
The script for 'Milk' was chosen by Short Film Otago for their 2016 funding round
and was shortlisted for Fresh Shorts funding by the New Zealand
The project is also supported by the Queenstown Camera
Company, Enterprise Dunedin and Film Otago
Writer and director Pennie Hunt lived in Germany for many years
where she truly got to know German culture. In collaboration with
German-born producer and film tourism expert Stefan
Roesch, Pennie has made two award-winning short films to
Our Director of Photography Kirk
Pflaum has worked in film and television for over a decade. We
have two experienced editors working on our film: Lyra
Stewart and Richard
Lord. Music composer Mike Newport, sound designer Chris
Cubitt and special effects wizard Nuno
Cortinhal have also committed to help us make this an
The lead role is played by Jodie Hillock who has starred in numerous NZ
feature dramas and short films. German actors Mike Hoffmann and Peter
Volksdorf travelled from Berlin to take on the roles of the two
German crewmen. And finally, Dunedin's film and theatre veteran Peter Hayden also stars.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
We would be so grateful if you could help us to bring this story
to life by making a donation to our crowdfunding campaign. Even if
you can't donate, please spread the word!
We have been fortunate to receive $9,000 from Short Film Otago
as well as an incredible amount of in-kind support for our project,
but in order to finance the post production costs, we need to raise
additional funds to pay for special effects, sound design, music,
colour grading and marketing material.
We appreciate even the smallest donation, and will acknowledge
all donors in the end credits of the film.
NZ donors qualify for a 33% tax rebate.
Making a film involves the generous support of many people and
we are very thankful to everyone who has helped us to get to where
we are now with this film.
Our particular thanks go to Hirepool New Zealand, Elm Wildlife
Tours, Rainbow Paints, Covermarq and Four Square Port Chalmers who
have all provided in-kind sponsorship.
Thank you und vielen herzlichen Dank!
'Milk' is expected to hit the film festival circuit from
100% - Thank you!
5 DAYS AGO
On behalf of the entire team, thank you all for your generous support. In case you're wondering if you can still contribute towards our campaign: Yes, you can. Any additional donations will go directly towards film festival submissions. We can't wait to showcase our beautiful region to the world. Ngā mihi, Pennie and Stefan
Interview with actor Peter Volksdorf
6 DAYS AGO
Interview with actor Jodie Hillock
1 WEEK AGO
Interview with actor Mike Hoffmann
1 WEEK AGO
Radio interview with director Pennie Hunt
3 WEEKS AGO
Director Pennie Hunt was interviewed by Jeff Harford at Otago Access Radio 105.4 FM about how we're going with post production and the progress of the crowdfunding campaign:
3 WEEKS AGO
Thanks so much everyone! We're just over halfway to our crowdfunding target now. We are very grateful for your continued support for this very special project.