“The smartest bit of lo-fi, hi-IQ science fiction New Zealand has produced since ever.” - David Larsen, NZ Listener
“A damn near herculean effort of DIY filmmaking.” - Liam Maguren, Flicks
Jacob is a dreamer whose life has slowly faded into a nightmare. He’s overworked, underappreciated, henpecked by his parents and paralysed by memories of a lost love. He could take control of his life and turn things around… but he hasn’t. One day, Jacob is recast by a mysterious agency known as The Forge. Now, a fresh, more dynamic actor will be playing the part of “Jake” leaving Jacob to start a new life from scratch. With help from an electro-shock anklet, Jacob begins his new life while “Jake” takes over his role with aplomb, charming everyone in Jacob’s life as they accept this improved Jacob without question. But when Jake decides to reunite with Jacob’s lost love Violet, Jacob realises there’s no life he’d rather have than his own. With Jake unwilling to give up his dream part, the fight between Jake and Jacob for the role of a lifetime won’t end without blood being spilled…
Nominated for three NZ Film and TV Awards, including Best Supporting Actor (Leighton Cardno) and Best Self-Funded Feature Film.