Dean Spanley


2008 | 100m | PG Violence

  • Director: Toa Fraser
  • Writer: Alan Sharp
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Trailer


1 Aug, Sunday


Central Cinema proudly presents a festival of seven films, handpicked by, and starring, our patron Sam Neill.
Treat yourself to excellent cinema, convivial company and a festival atmosphere.

With such a long and illustrious career behind him, it was difficult to narrow down the selection, but Sam chose these movies as representing some of his best work, coupled with fond memories of the shoots and working alongside some of his favourite people.

A whimsical and offbeat comedy drama, Dean Spanley is at heart a movie about fathers and sons. It also happens to include musings on reincarnation, memories of the life of a dog, and the surprising effects of a powerful Hungarian wine.

Sam Neill plays the affable titular character who entertains his companions, including Neill’s long time friend and colleague Bryan Brown, as he reveals his memories of his past life. The late Peter O’Toole also stars in this Toa Fraser-directed charmer of the 2009 film festival circuit.

Offbeat, whimsical, period-set shaggy dog story with daffy performances from Sam Neill and Peter O’Toole.

This film is so endearing you’ll want to pop it in your pocket and carry it round forever.
Anna Smith, Metro Newspaper (UK)