News / 12 April 2023

Body Horror GRAFTED Currently Shooting In New Zealand

Production is underway on the new horror feature film GRAFTED, shooting across Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland.

GRAFTED tells the story of a Chinese student (Joyena Sun) who travels to New Zealand to complete the scientific work of her deceased father, only to find a new way of achieving popularity, one bloody body at a time.

The films also stars Jared Turner, Jess Hong, Eden Hart and Sepiutaruth To’a with support from Ginette McDonald and Mark Mitchinson.

GRAFTED is the feature directorial debut of award-winning director Sasha Rainbow (pictured below), director of short film KAMALI which was nominated for a BAFTA and long-listed for an Oscar.
Grafted-Still-1“When I first read the script, I knew I had to be involved,” said Rainbow. “I am incredibly excited about playing in the body-horror space for such an incredible, surprising, female-lead-project like GRAFTED. I can’t wait to unleash it to audiences around the world.”

Production on the film also marks the first project for the freshly formed horror and genre label ‘(Yet) Another Monster Company, a partnership between Grant Hardie’s ANZ horror distribution specialists Monster Pictures and Phil Hunt’s (Yet) Another Distribution Company that includes an investment partnership with Head Gear Films.

We are genuinely thrilled to launch in New Zealand with the announcement of GRAFTED. It is the perfect film for us to be attached to, a completely over-the-top body horror,” says Co-Head of Acquisitions and Development Grant Hardie. “We fully expect that GRAFTED will join an impressive list of world-class modern horror films from New Zealand and make a huge splash on release“.

Produced by Murray Francis of Propaganda, and Leela Menon and Fraser Brown of FluroBlack and is written by Mia Maramara & Hweiling Ow, and Lee Murray.

The film is being made with investment from The New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand Government’s Screen Production Grant, Traus Holdings, Department of Post and with GAP financing from Head Gear Films.

GRAFTED will be distributed in Australia & New Zealand by (Yet) Another Monster Company.