Sleeping Dogs


1977 | NZ | 107m | PG, Violence

  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Trailer


29 Jul, Thursday


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.

It’s 1977. Robert Muldoon is Prime Minister. Georgie Pie opens in Auckland. Kids watch Nice One Stu and Hey Hey It’s Andy on TV.

The same year, Roger Donaldson directs Sam Neill and Ian Mune in Sleeping Dogs leaving us with a landmark in the maturing of New Zealand’s cinematic scene.

It is also the movie that launches Sam Neill’s career as an actor.

Smith is a man on the run, running from a broken marriage. Accidentally caught between two powers — a repressive Government and a violent resistance movement — he becomes a man alone… hunted and hostile, driven by the will to survive.

Courtesy of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission.
Sleeping Dogs was digitised with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission’s Digitisation Programme.

Sleeping Dogs was the film that put both Sam Neill and New Zealand cinema on the world stage, and it’s not difficult to see why.Ian White, Starburst

The movie resembles Z and The Battle of Algiers in the way it combines ideology with fiercely-paced action.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times