Sundance Film Review: What We Do In The Shadows

Posted January 20, 2014 in
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Photo: Kane Skennar

What We Do In The Shadows
Sundance Film Festival
Directors: Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi

Have you ever wondered what a vampire’s life is really like? Where they like to sleep? How they get along with their roommates? What kinds of clubs they go to on weekends? From sunset to sunrise, the camera crew (RIP Camera One) of What We Do In The Shadows tails blood-sucking friends and roomies Viago, Vladislav, Deacon, Peter and their eclectic group of living and undead pals through their daily, complicated lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Whether it’s resolving chore-chart miscommunications, finding and seducing their next meal or attending the annual Unholy Masquerade, this all-access documentary by seasoned co-directors Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark) and Jemaine Clements (Flight of the Conchords) will shine new, flesh-searing light on the types of social issues that modern vampires live with every day. With stand-out appearances by Anton the werewolf (Rhys Darby) and his pack of furry friends, struggling to keep their pants from ripping mid-transformation, and the brave human Stu (Stuart Rutherford), who is quite dynamic in his casual silence, this documentary is a dramatically sincere portrait of friendship and survival that’ll keep you on the verge of tears (of laughter) throughout.

Screenings:

Time: 1.20 11:45 AM Venue: Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
Time: 1.22 8:30 PM Venue: Prospector Square Theatre, Park City
Time: 1.25 11:59 PM Venue: Broadway Centre Cinema 6, Salt Lake City