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Dealin’ with the Devil

New Zealand | 2017 | 103 min | English | Phil Davison, Sue Marshall

In a film drenched in blues and gospel music, Phil Davison and alter ego Dr. Marigaux take a musical journey from the roots of American blues in the Mississippi Delta to a blues epiphany in New Zealand.

Following a deep and often disturbing road, Phil uses animation and music to summon up the spirits of distant blues artists and brings back to life the person who most influenced his musical past, Kiwi bluesman Ralph Bennett-Eades. The film leads us with music and dry humour through a heartfelt human tragedy to a shining gospel redemption.

As Bennett-Eades was lying on his deathbed, Davison spent two days interviewing him. During the filming, he realised that he had an unfulfilled obligation: a promise he’d made to his mentor…

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    Roxy Cinema 1

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    Loft, Q Theatre

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    Rangatira, Q Theatre

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