The Six Dollar Fifty Man
A festival favorite, this dramedy shows how hard it is to be a "superhero" in a suburban school in the 70s.
10 – 15 | 2009 | Childhood | Drama | Live-Action | New Zealand
Suburban Neo Zealand, 1970s. Smalltown life ain’t easy for those who are different, especially during childhood. Andy is a creative child whose fantasy runs wild, but none of his classmates (save for his friend Mary) seems to appreciate these qualities. Tormented by bullies and never understood by teachers, Andy finds strength in his diversity, living in an imaginary world in which he is a great superhero.
He feels just like just like the protagonist of the sci-fi series The Six Million Dollar Man. He always carries the action figure of the show’s bionic man, he even dresses like his idol… and this thing does nothing but increase the teasing and bullying by his classmates (the title of the short, The Six Dollar Fifty Man, is yet another nickname given to him by his mean peers). A sudden issue with the school principal will force our hero to face reality, in order to save himself and his only real friend Mary .
Masterfully acted by the young actors, this vintage toned dramedy shows in an exemplary manner how mean and hostile small (and large) communities can be against the diversity and individuality of others. An intimate and affectionate portrait of an uneasy childhood, that never dwells into tragic or pathetic tones , maintaining a great balance between drama and openly comedic moments. The short has received wide acclaim, winning several major awards at Cannes, Sundance and the Berlinale.
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