The Video Store

A dark comedy web series following the death throes of the last video store in New Zealand.

Stacey, proud owner of 'MEGAFLICKS', a Video Store in the suburbs, is quietly stressing about how she'll make next months rent as she watches rental stores around slowly close down. Customers now turning to online platform giants like NetKlix, but running in the red's not getting in the way of Stacey's optimism. She's got a few sharp, semi-borrowed ideas and she'll find a way to cling to her dissipating clientèle this day in age of The Internet, all the way to the bitter end.

  • Thomas Sainsbury
    Pork Pie, (Time) Travel Centre
  • Thomas Sainsbury
    Flat3 Webseries, (Time) Travel Centre
  • Kermath
    Flat3 Webseries
  • Kermath
  • Keisha Castle-Hughes
    Key Cast
    Game of Thrones, Star Wars: Episode III, Whale Rider
  • David Farrier
    Key Cast
    Tickled (Documentary)
  • Perlina Lau
    Key Cast
    Flat 3 Webseries
  • Yvette Parsons
    Key Cast
    What We Do In The Shadows
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Dark Comedy, comedy
  • Runtime:
    45 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    18,000 NZD
  • Country of Origin:
    New Zealand
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED 6K, online deliverable 4K,2K
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • LA Webfest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    April 28, 2017
    North American Premiere
    Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound Design
Director Biography - Thomas Sainsbury

Thomas Sainsbury is one of New Zealand's most popular and prolific playwrights, gaining considerable attention and praise in the past few years for productions of his dark comedies in New Zealand, USA, Australia and London.

Born in Matamata, he moved to Auckland to do a BA at the university there. After choosing English Literature and Theatre as his major, he has been involved as a writer, director and performer for both university productions and the underground theatre scene.

After graduating he formed the theatre company Fingerprints and Teeth Productions. With this company he wrote and directed more than 40 plays, including: Sunday Roast, LUV, The Mall, Loser, The Christmas Monologues, The Somnambulist and Crims. He has previously been selected three times for Playmarket's New Zealand Young Playwrights Competition. The Mall, Loser and The Christmas Monologues have been published by The Play Press (NZ). Thomas's TV show, the observational comedy SUPER CITY, has been nominated for 3 Aotearoa TV & Film Awards, including Best Series and Best Writing.

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Director Statement

We wanted to celebrate video stores before they were gone forever.