The Breaker Upperers

From the producers of Hunt for the Wilderpeople comes a new offbeat comedy.

Fifteen years ago Mel and Jen discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they formed, The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now, in their late-thirties business is booming. They’re a platonic, couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. When they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship unravels.

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Jackie van Beek

Madeleine Sami




Directors: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami
Executive Producer: Taika Waititi, James Wallace
Producer: Carthew Neal, Ainsley Gardiner, Georgina Conder
Screenwriter: Jackie van Beek & Madeleine Sami
Cinematographer: Ginny Loane
Editor: Tom Eagles
Production Designer: Brant Fraser
Sound Designer: Amy Barber
Music: N/A
Principal Cast: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston, Ana Scotney
Additional Credits: Costume Designer: Jane Bucknell, Makeup & Hair Designer: Dannelle Satherley


Public Film Contact
Carthew Neal
Piki Films
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Sheri Goldberg
(917) 279-9365‬
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Piki Films
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Year: 2018
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Comedy
Screening Section: Narrative Spotlight
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: ["New Zealand"]
Language: English
Runtime: 81:13 mins