The Grasscutter

The Grasscutter is a 1988 film directed by Ian Mune and written by Roy Mitchell. It was shot in the south of New Zealand, in Dunedin and Queenstown.

The Grasscutter
Directed byIan Mune
Produced byTom Finlayson
Written byRoy Mitchell
StarringTerence Cooper, Martin Maguire, Ian McElhinney
Distributed byCentral Independent Television PLC (UK)
Release date
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryNew Zealand

The music was written by Don McGlashan and Wayne Laird.

A landscape architect (Cooper) living in New Zealand finds that his past catches up with him. Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) loyalists from Northern Ireland have discovered the new identity he was given after becoming a "supergrass" and come after him, drastically increasing New Zealand's violent crime rate in the process.


  • Martin, Helen and Edwards, Sam, New Zealand Film 1912-1996, Oxford, 1997. ISBN 0-19-558336-1

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