‘Juniper’ and its String of Successes

Juniper, written and directed by DEGANZ member Matthew Saville and edited by fellow member Peter Roberts, continues its successful run following the film’s release in 2021.

The film delves into the relationship between Ruth, played by Oscar-nominee Charlotte Rampling, and her grandson Sam. When the self-destructive teen and alcoholic grandmother are forced under the same roof, they discover unexpected insights into life and death.

The feature has earned nearly $USD1.1 million internationally and is pushing its way into the top 20 highest-grossing New Zealand films. So far, Juniper has played in theatres across Aotearoa, Australia, the US, Canada, the UK, and seven European countries (with further releases in the works).

In addition to its box office accomplishments, the film earned a spot in the 2023 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Best of Fest list. Accompanying Juniper on the list are 30 of the festival’s top films of the year.

But the achievements don’t end there! Rotten Tomatoes announced its ranking of Best New Movies of 2023, with Juniper in the top 50 with its Certified Fresh score of 92%. The film, which is available on Apple TV, also topped the US Apple foreign film charts earlier this year in April.

Congratulations to Matthew, Peter, and the team for Juniper‘s prosperous theatrical run and critical recognition!

Last updated on 14 September 2023