The Justice of Bunny King
I was fortunate enough to be able to watch The Justice of Bunny King in my own home. I wasn’t prepared to watch a film with the emotional potential of this in a cinema. I have been a foster parent for going on nine years now, and the story and themes in this film cut a close and personal swathe through my very being.
Bunny King is a powerful film that tackles many big social issues in New Zealand, from housing to foster care, from sexual abuse to an extended sense of whanau. It’s a story that packs as much punch as Once Were Warriors, and one that is carried by the lead role played with a keen sense by Essie Davis. Essie plays the role of Bunny King, a single mother trying to make her way through life, who just wants to make things right with her kids and to be able to have them back.
Life is of course complicated and Bunny keeps making mistakes out of desperation, until she passes tipping point and makes a decision that will change the lives of many people.
Bunny King’s strengths are in the details. I can’t get over how much of the film could have been taken out of my experience with fostering. So much of this film rings true. Another strength of Bunny King is how the details are drip feed to you throughout the film, so that it’s not until the closing act that you realise just who Bunny is and what she has been through.
It’s an emotional rollercoaster that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the final scenes, and will have you thinking about it for some time after.
Rating: M Suitable for mature audiences 16 years and over. Domestic abuse themes, violence & offensive.
GEEKERY rating: 4.5/5