Monday, August 05, 2013

The Deadly Ponies Gang

Zoe McIntosh does not want you to mistake The Deadly Ponies Gang for a mockumentary. I guess she'll like you to believe that parts of it are true, but you can take you pick about which parts, she isn't telling.

Clint and Dwayne on ponies
The Deadly Ponies Gang is an ultra low budget film about best mates Clint and Dwayne who ride ponies and try to pick up chicks. While Clint realises his own luck in this endeavour is low, he knows Dwayne is in an even worse position, due to his lack of teeth. The film follows Clint's quest to raise the funds to get Dwayne some false teeth, culminating in a gig staring the Rhymestone Cowboy. Along the way they give out Christmas presents to kids in the park, go to the beach, do some baking and go to the pony club to watch the girls riding their horses. There is also a cute break-dancing kid who apparently wants to join the gang.

Clint is one of the best exponents of inarticulate vernacular Noozild to grace the big screen. He makes Billy T. James look like he spent far too much time at toastmasters. Dwayne is the more bashful part of this duo. This pair are a reminder of what is lurking out there in provincial New Zealand if you can drag yourself away from your McCafe latte long enough to leave the safety of the CBD and inner suburbs. Look for the "Pony Poo $2" signs on the side of the road.

But you are better off waiting for Zoe (and Clint) to bring you this cultural gem to a film festival near you.

No animals were hurt in the making of this film but some ponies were made to look foolish.

Ian's rating 3.5/5

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