The Inland Road

The Inland Road

New Zealand | 2017 | 80 minutes | Jackie Van Beek

After experiencing a fatal car crash while hitchhiking in the mountainous New Zealand countryside, a teenage runaway moves in with the family of grieving survivors in Jackie van Beek’s strikingly filmed, compassionate love story about wounds both visible and invisible.

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Hitchhiking is a risky leap of faith for anyone, but few journeys are as fateful and life changing as the ride taken by Tia (Gloria Popata), a 16-year-old Maori girl meandering through New Zealand's rugged countryside. In short succession, the car has a blowout, flips over, kills one of the occupants, Matt, and injures the driver, a Scotsman named Will (David Elliot). With only minor scrapes, Tia is able to find help to rescue Will, and then decides to stick around to pay her respects to Matt's family by attending his funeral. Will, grateful for his life, allows Tia to stay indefinitely with him and his wife, Donna (Chelsie Preston Crayford), and his 6-year-old niece, Lily (Georgia Spillane). After much exposition in the early scenes, first-time director Jackie van Beek slows down the pace, allowing the characters to gradually reveal their secrets through conversation in an organic, naturalistic manner. Tia helps young Lily comprehend the monstrous loss of her father and discusses the reasons she ran away from her mother. Meanwhile, Donna's jealousy over the smoldering chemistry between Tia and her husband manifests itself in unexpected ways. Vying with the actors for screen time, the jaw-dropping alpine splendor of the Otago region of New Zealand's South Island is practically another supporting character. By focusing on acts of familial kindness in the face of tragedy, The Inland Road takes a path less traveled toward healing and understanding.

Director Biography

Jackie van Beek is a well-known television actress, seen on shows such as "Coverband" (2014) and "8oo Words" (2016-17). She gained attention as a writer and director with short films like "Go the Dogs" (2011) and "In Safe Hands" (2011). The Inland Road is her first feature-length film as writer and director.

Sponsored by Seattle Christchurch Sister City Association, Seattle University Film Studies

  • Director: Jackie Van Beek
  • Principal Cast: Gloria Popata, David Elliot, Chelsie Preston Crayford
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Aaron Watson
  • Screenplay: Jackie van Beek
  • Cinematographers: Giovanni C. Lorusso
  • Editors: Luca Cappelli, Tom Eagles
  • Music: James Kenyon, Nick Huggins
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English, Maori
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: LevelK