Random Acts of Violence: BlueCat Alum’s Latest Feature Optioned by NZFC


Screenwriter Guy McDouall, winner of BlueCat’s Joplin Award during our 2012 competition, has been making waves in the world of New Zealand cinema. His award-winning feature, Random Acts of Violence, has been optioned and is currently in development with the help of the New Zealand Film Commission. 

Random Acts of Violence, McDouall’s first feature, follows a quarantined pacifist as he fights to find a cure for the fits of murderous rage he and other test subjects have become afflicted with. 

Christian Rivers, visual-effects maestro on nearly all of Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson’s projects, from Braindead (that’s Dead Alive in America) to the Hobbit franchise, is set to make his directorial debut, accompanied by much of the core crew from the 2015 short film Feeder, also penned by McDouall, and currently enjoying massive success in the New Zealand festival circuit. 

Darkly atmospheric and tempered with morbid tension, Feeder is a modest, 17 minute short about a struggling musician who finds “a diabolical source of inspiration” when he moves into a new recording space. Esteemed New Zealand-born filmmaker Christine Jeffs has praised the film, stating it’s “a dark narrative with a twist. Surprises keep coming till the end.” 

Fresh from the critical success of his first short, Guy McDouall is in a prime position to unleash his first, highly-anticipated feature onto the world, and BlueCat is grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such a promising and enthusiastic young talent. 

To read our 2012 interview with Guy, click here

To learn more about Guy’s short film, Feeder, click here

Feeder is currently playing at the film festivals listed below. Click on the links to view showtimes. 


Fantasia International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival 

New Zealand International Film Festival