The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell: DVD Review
The Hopes and dreams of Gazza Snell
Released by Vendetta Films
Set in East Auckland's Howick, The Hopes and Dreams of
Gazza Snell is the story of William McInnes' manchild Gazza Snell, whose world
is falling apart with a failing business.
obsessed with is getting his eldest son to Milan for a karting championship in
However, when his youngest is seriously
injured in a crash, Gazza loses all touch with the horrifying reality of what
lies ahead - and instead becomes insistent on focussing solely on the karting.
That causes the family rift to widen.
The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell is a feelgood Kiwi
battler kind of treat- despite the initial beginnings there's plenty of warmth
in this tale of a suburban dad; thanks to good solid performances from McInnes
and Robyn Malcolm as his desperate housewife, it succeeds - even with its
It's thanks to the everyman
feel of the film that it becomes a winner - the universal tale of Gazza needing
to grow up is clearly based on a degree of reality.
There's also a lot of honesty on display in this film - in the
performances, the writing and the direction - it's an unashamedly crowd pleasing
film which is easily identifiable to many of us.
Extras: Trailer, Video, bloopers, deleted scenes,
interviews and commentary