Three loves, three lives, one more chance.

 
 

AN LRH FILM PRODUCED BY VANESSA COHEN-RIDDELL DIRECTED BY ALASTAIR RIDDELL

 STARRING BENJAMIN MITCHELL  GREG SMITH  VANESSA RIDDELL  ROUSSEL DUBIOS  MIKE GINN  DEAN CARRUTHERS  HWEILING OW

Director Alastair Riddell and writer Vanessa Riddell have created a movie that is as beautiful as a work of art and flows like music, albeit with one or two jarring moments.
— Michelle Baylis

SYNOPSIS

Bound by love, broken by betrayal and healed with hope.

Three families struggle with the ebb and flow of everyday life; when the pressure mounts the cracks begin to show with each reaching breaking point until a single event brings them together and the tide turns.  Despair and frustration turn to hope and compassion.

Three loves, three lies, one more chance. 

“There’s a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in”. Leonard Cohen 

MAIN CAST

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RATINGS AND REVIEWS

A VERY HIGH-CLASS QUALITY PRODUCTION By AW (Flicks)4/5 stars

After watching the Riddells' film, I assessed it as a very high-class quality NZ production, a beautifully accomplished and involving story of life and its consequences. I watched the credits and was astonished at the number of times I saw Riddell mentioned, what Vanessa and Alastair were responsible for and also other members of their family. They are obviously all extremely well talented and to have undertaken a film of exceptional proportion, obviously at huge personal expense, they have created an admirable achievement. The photography is amazing and the music, befitting. I put this film production into the same class as the very worthwhile recent big feature, Boyhood. Both are refined adult viewing

LOVED IT By ACTORJ  (Flicks) 5/5 stars

Superb acting and really easy to watch with a great thought provoking story line. A real credit to NZ films. Definitely worth watching. Love to see it again!!

ABSOLUTLEY LOVED IT By Eve (flicks)

Absolutely loved it. Saw it in Te Awamutu. Beautiful scenery, music and acting. It all gelled. Want to see it again. Well done lovely people.

STRONG ACTING AND STRONG STORY LINE By Benton (flicks)

This movie took you through the consequences of decisions made and the emotions from those decisions. Well worth a second visit for me. Pity it is not in more cinemas around Auckland.

AMAZING MUST SEE By Rose mathews (flicks)

Wonderful scenery and authentic acting. Liked the quirky humour nestled between the serious scenes. Amazing must see. 

TALENTED By Dizrythmia (flicks)

Vanessa and Alastair - a talented couple.

BEAUTUFULY SHOT FILM THAT PULLS AT THE HEART STRINGS  By Jenie Cruise (IMDB) 10/10 stars

I was completely captivated by this beautiful New Zealand film. It's got a dreamy quality and takes you on a journey of three peoples lives which become interestingly entwined. It touches on all areas of your emotions and you feel connected to the characters. I was particularly drawn to the lead actor Greg Smith - he has that warm smouldering star quality that I feel from James Stewart & Jeff Bridges. He gives a grounding and heart to the whole film - I must check out what else he has been in. The cinematography is breath taking. And there is some resonating dialogue at the end from the other main star Vanessa Riddell (who is brilliant - I think most women will relate to her) - she says something like "the cracks and imperfections in life are there to let the light through" it's so true... I left the cinema really moved by this film - soothed, enlightened and inspired.

BROKEN HALLELUJAH By automatic-changers (IMDB) 8/10 stars

I saw this movie 2 weeks ago. It was a great view - saw the poster on the side of the road so decided to give it a go since I watch most local content.

I thought the scope of the story was a bold undertaking but it was pulled off by some great acting and depth of character. I definitely recommend it for anybody. 

The soundtrack was cool as well. I think it is a notable addition for kiwi's to know that Alastair Riddell directed the movie (giving his longtime tenure in the NZ arts), but the movies true star is Vanessa Riddell in her characters performance throughout a script that tries to tie together 3 plots. 

If you see it showing, definitely take the chance to pop in and see it.

RELEVANT NEW ZEALAND MADE STORY By laura-coletaylor (IMDB) 8/10 stars

A thoughtful take on contemporary life in The North Island, Auckland, New Zealand. Beautiful imagery of the West Coast combined with a handsome soundtrack and sensitive performances make this a must see for art house and movie buffs alike. Issues that are all too common these days are tackled well by the actors, the generational dynamic, pressure on young families and peer resonate. Having good intentions doesn't cut it if there's an economic crash and communication breakdown is one example here. Folk - do make bad choices sometimes, we are human after all but if we can stop and enjoy the little things (corny as it sounds) there is still hope.. Greg Smith is a stand out as is the child who plays the lead actresses daughter in the early scenes.

A MUST SEE NEW ZEALAND FEATURE FILM By phillpalmer8 (Flicks) 5/5 stars

A must see New Zealand Feature Film - Amazing performance by all cast - Incredibly written and presented

A beautiful and realistic representation of our human qualities, Most of all I could relate with the lives and loves of the characters of this brilliant, wonderfully told story .

Please go along and support the hard work by the cast and crew of this masterpiece.I highly recommend seeing Broken Hallelujah at a cinema near you.

I cant Fault this film on any level all aspect of the film are very well done so I am given it a 10 out of 10

AMBITIOUS IDEAS By James Croot Stuff.co.nz

"Kiwi drama filled with ambitious ideas and impressive production values"

COMPELLING AND UNIQUE STORY  By L.Fennel Verve Magazine.

“Broken Hallelujah is completely compelling and unique story-telling with a decidedly Kiwi flavour," 

AMUST SEE By Barrie Barmes - Revolution Entertainment

Australian distributor, Barrie Barmes of Revolution Entertainment, says “the film is a must, with truly
great performances.”

THE WHIRLPOOL THAT IS LOVE By David Howard – Burns Fellow 2013

…swirl around the whirlpool that is love…as you cling to each character in turn” David Howard – Burns Fellow 2013 ”

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Kirsty, Gary and Ashley
Gary
Ashley (young)

BROKEN HALLELUJAH SCREENINGS ACROSS NEW ZEALAND 2014

The Berkeley - Takapuna

The Academy - Auckland

The Vic - Devonport - Auckland

Rialto - Auckland

Rialto - Dunedin

De Lux Theatre - Opotiki

Multiplex Cinema - Thames

Cinema Gold - Havlock North

Civic Theatre - Waipukurau

Dome Cinema - Gisborne

Focal Point - Fielding

Regent Theatre - Pahiatua

Kings Theatre - Stratford

Regent Theatre - Te Awamutu

Cinema Kororareka - Paihia

Cinema Paradiso - Methven

Accademy Gold - Christchurch

Accademy Gold - Motueka

Regent Theatre - Greymouth

Regent Theatre - Hokitika

Picton Cinema - Picton

Majestic Theatre - Taihape

Rialto Channel - New Zealand

sCREENINGS oUTSIDE OF NEW ZEALAND 2015

SR Film Festival - New York

WSIF Festival - New Mexico 

Air New Zealand Inflight

Eagle Global Australia

aWARDS

Moa Awards - 2017 

Best Supporting Actor (nomination)

Best Independent Film (nomination)

 

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