Exclusive: “HOUSEBOUND” Director Gerard Johnstone on Why Rima Te Wiata Deserves The Best Supporting Actress Chainsaw


With a little under a week left to vote for the FANGORIA Chainsaw Awards, the competition is heating up and votes are still piling in. And while FANGORIA has shined a light on our categories and potential winners, FANGORIA also opened the door for filmmakers to contribute their own words to help convince voters to give love for their respective nominees. And luckily, the first one to rise to the occasion was none other than HOUSEBOUND director Gerard Johnstone, who would like to let you know why his HOUSEBOUND star Rima Te Wiata deserves your vote for the Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress. So without further ado…

She’s the Michael Keaton of NZ comedy.

Rima Te Wiata was one of NZ’s most talented young comedic actresses 20 years ago.  But a lack of opportunities saw her almost disappear from the spotlight entirely.  Then came Housebound.

With a mind boggling array of facial twitches, double takes and not entirely well thought out observations, Rima helped to create one of the most delightful, hilarious and sweet characters in the history of horror – Miriam Bucknell, the well-intentioned, overly superstitious blabbermouth mother of anti-hero Kylie Bucknell.

Rima’s comedic timing was impeccable and she brought an uncanny reality to the character that had everyone claiming she was based on their mother.

Like a tasty Shiraz, Rima Te Wiata proved that some things just get better with age.


If you’d like to vote for HOUSEBOUND for Rima Te Wiata as Best Supporting Actress, you can find the full ballot and voting instructions here. If you haven’t yet caught up with Rima’s stellar, hilarious performance, you can find Gerard Johnstone’s HOUSEBOUND on DVD, Blu-ray, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes and Netflix Instant Streaming from XLrator Media.

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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