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The Breaker Upperers and Upgrade Premiere at SXSW

What do a Kiwi comedy from the producers of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and a sci-fi thriller from the director of the Saw and Insidious horror movies have in common? Not much, to be honest, but we love them and are thrilled that they are both premiering at SXSW in March.


From director Leigh Whannell (SAW). GREY TRACE, a technophobe in a utopian near-future when computers control nearly everything – from cars to crime-surveillance – is paralyzed in a freak mugging that leaves his wife dead. But when a billionaire technologist offers him an experimental paralysis cure – an implanted computer chip called STEM – Grey finds that the chip has a voice and a mind of its own. Together Grey and STEM embark on a mission to avenge his wife’s death.


Fifteen years ago, Mel and Jen discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash.  Now, in their late-Thirties, business is booming. They’re best friends who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. When they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship unravels.

Both films are headed for Australian cinemas this year.  See the full SXSW Film line-up here:


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