Upside Down

Average: 2.8 (6 votes)
Musical or Dance
Auckland > 12

Kia ora,

The content of your film regarding the required element of a female character was sexist and inappropriate. Including a female character in a film should not automatically assume she takes the position as a sex object or nagging partner/wife. Your female characters were represented as objects for male pleasure (the stripper) and as objects of male annoyance (the female partners). Women are not a part of this world to please men's sexual desires and we certainly do not have to take responsibility for men doing/not doing their chores within the household.

The film industry is working towards debunking these stereotypes of women to prevent unfair representations of genders and misogynistic stories. For your future film making ventures, I advise that you consider how you choose to portray the people/characters within your narrative.


I agree with the other review here - the women characters in this film were very disappointing and have contributed greatly to my low rating.

There were a couple of nice tunes, but the production value overall was a bit too rough for the whole thing to come together.


A pretty stereotypical boys night film, a bunch of guys all with their own women issue though I don't remember them all completely. There were a couple of neat gags in the film such as the guys with the camera awkwardly walking through frame and the stuff with the keyboard when the 3rd guy did his rap or whatever but apart from what I thought was pretty decent cinematography the film was kind of forgettable. I won't come down as harshly about the somewhat shallow female characters but I do think you could have been more creative with them especially with the stripper who didn't have much of a role at all.

Kia Ora everyone. I really do appreciate the hate :). it means i did my job.
As film makers i do understand we need to push topics of conversation, by creating a "Stereotypical" male film we were ablem to sneak a few key messages past you.
Considering it is September (Maori language month) no one has really commented about the use of te reo being spoken in both male and female roles in a 48 hour film.

I do apologies for upsetting you, are please able to understand having a conversation about a real issue is worth more than forcing everyone to just obey and follow the status quo. I do work in the film industry, and yes i do make a lot of content but the 48 is my way to push hot topic i see need to be pushed.
I have always always gone against the grain (someones the message gets miss placed such as this one).

The idea of the film "Yes insinuates some misogynistic connotation", but we did hope you could see the bigger picture.

No one in the team is to be blamed except me, no i am not a misogynistic asshole in real life but i do like to throw my 20 cenbts in when i can :).

I give my self a 10 because i think people giving it a 1 is extremely unfair considering we only had 6 people at the heat and managed to win audience vote.

P.S if out female actor (there where 3) who danced and swung on the pole was available for more than 4 hours i would have given her a much better role and way more dialog. I have used her in past films and she is amazing.

2017: about the use of Maori language and a "steryotypical boys night while roasting there friend who use to date the stripper.
2016: this is about murder
2015: This has a Drag Queen
2014: This is about family abuse
2013: this is about suicide

Any more issues over and beyond please contact me directly on Thanks

What is wrong with having a woman spinning on a pole in front of men? The actor who I know very well does pole fit and is her physical art that she enjoys 100%. If she really had a problem with the position that she was cast then I guarantee that she wouldn't have played the roll. I think before bashing away at you keyboard because you have nothing else to do have a really good think about what you are saying. Some of the best films in existence have women playing power roles that are set in the sex industry at various levels like Pretty Women or Striptease, and some like this film are just to adhere to the rules of the film contest by being a supporting characters or even a background extra.

This is their story that they wanted to present it there way. They don't have to follow every social justice warriors rules about how stories are told because some stories are not even, level or represent people fairly because it's up to the person telling the story.

It is your right to not like a film but it is wrong to try and make out that there is a social issue in this film.


Congrats on surviving the musical genre, it's a real challenge!

This film is a real mixed bag. On one hand, it had some of the best cinematography in the heat, and a decent musical number. On the other hand, the entrenched sexism and toxic masculinity on display was off putting in the extreme. My rating reflects this.

I've read the other reviews posted so far, so I know I'm not the first to point this out. I have also read the responses from the creators of the film, justifying the (so called) 'hot button topic' of "the use of Maori language and a "steryotypical boys night while roasting there friend who use to date the stripper." I found this to be a bit of a crock.

Obviously, kudos for opening a dialogue about your intent, and kudos for your matter of fact inclusion of Te Reo. Unfortunately, I think we can all agree that it was overshadowed by the way in which women in your story were presented. As others have said, they are put forward not as characters with agency in the story, but presented merely as objects of male desire and frustration. Let's be real, there's NOTHING hot-button about about a gross boys' night and sexually shaming a so-called friend. There's nothing new or interesting about it, so if you're reading this, filmmakers, and seriously want to push boundaries - please try making a film that isn't full of sexist tropes we've seen a thousand times before over the last hundred years of film history. The worst thing you could do here is double down and be defensive.

You have technical and storytelling skills for sure, and I hope you continue to develop them in future. My pitch to you is take the feedback from these reviews not as hate, but as people genuinely responding to your work.