Published on May 2nd, 2014 | by Damien Straker


Australian audiences can now get their first look at WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, a vampire mockumentary from directors Taika Waititi (Boy) & Jemaine Defoe (Flight of the Conchords).

Taika, Jemaine & Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) star in the film, which looks at the lives of four vampires sharing a flat in Wellington, New Zealand. The feature film, which premiered at Sundance and has since played Berlin & SXSW, is loosely based on a short film created by Taika & Jemaine eight years ago.

Australian release details will be announced soon, with the film to hit Australian cinemas in 2014.


Flatmates Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonny Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood. They have one more flatmate, 8000 year-old Petyr (Ben Fransham) who epitomizes the film’s title, he sleeps in the basement, literally in The Shadows.

When Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick (Cori Gonzalez Macuer), into a vampire, the guys must teach him the ropes and guide him through his newfound eternal life. And in return they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashions, technology, and the Internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu (Stu Rutherford), that really changes the vampire’s lives and attitudes towards the ever-changing world around them.

When Stu’s life is threatened, the vamps show us that maybe humans are worth fighting for, and that even though your heart may be cold and dead, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel anything.


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is a freelance writer and film critic. He studied at the University of Sydney and graduated with an Arts Honours degree in Film Studies. He is a pop culture aficionado and enjoys talking about all films, 90s TV shows, ninjas and watching Rugby League. His favourite film directors are Alfonso Cuarón, Clint Eastwood and Alexander Payne.

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