Directed and Written by: Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston
Festival de Cannes 2009: Short Film Competition
It’s hard to look after yourself in the playground when you’re different. Set in 1970s New Zealand, The Six Dollar Fifty Man follows Andy, a gutsy eight year-old boy who lives in a make-believe superhero world where his imagination allows him to perform extraordinary physical feats, to deal with playground bullies. But when Andy gets in trouble with the headmaster, he realises that to save himself and his only friend Mary, he must face up to the real world.
The Six Dollar Fifty Man is the third short film that directors Mark Albiston & Louis Sutherland collaborated on. It received the Special Distinction at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival – the second time the duo received an award from the prestigious festival; the first was an Honourable Mention in 2007 for their acclaimed short film Run.