11 year old Toss lives on a remote farm in a valley somewhere deep in rural New Zealand with her father, mother and grandfather Birdie. When she witnesses her father’s death while out herding sheep, she is shocked to see another man present, who then carries her father’s body out of the bush. When the new man, Ethan moves onto the farm and begins a relationship with her mother, Toss sees him as an invader into her isolated world.
Vigil is a 1984 New Zealand drama film directed by Vincent Ward. It was the first New Zealand film invited to play in the competitive section of the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. The film was nominated for awarded three awards at New Zealand’s GOFTA Awards in 1986: Best Cinematography (Alun Bollinger), Best Original Screenplay (Vincent Ward), and Best Production Design (Kai Hawkins).
Directed by: Vincent Ward
Starring: Penelope Stewart, Frank Whitten, Bill Kerr, Fiona Kay, Gordon Shields, Bill Brocklehurst, Emily Haupapa, Josie Herlihy
Screenplay by: Graeme Tetley, Vincent Ward
Production Design by: Kai Hawkins
Cinematography by: Alun Bollinger
Film Editing by: Simon Reece
Costume Design by: Glenys Jackson
Music by: Jack Body
Distributed by: Enterprise Pictures Limited
Release Date: May 4, 1984