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Crib is the story of two games of Cribbage played across 20 years between a granddaughter and her grandfather. The Crib board is the vehicle for a deeper story about their relationship, belonging and familial love.

We join the game at the family holiday home and then see its echo in a hospital 20 years later.

Our Review

Grandparents and grandchildren have a beautiful bond that has been portrayed wonderfully in this short film, Crib.

Young Pip is an unusual little girl, very gentle, compassionate, and has an interesting relationship with her grandfather, which results in one of the most unforgettable and funny scenes in the film. She gains the wisdom of playing a perfect Crib, and all through this getting to know her grandparents and forming a strong bond with them.

The background score works its magic for most of the time.

Every scene is a gem which embarks an imprint on your mind.

Director Biography - Neill Rea

Neill Rea is perhaps best known as DSS Mike Sheperd in the popular on-going New Zealand crime TV series, The Brokenwood Mysteries. The film Crib is Neill's film directorial debut. Neill has worked as an actor on Film, TV and stage for the last 25 years while also simultaneously working behind the camera as a casting director.


  • Neill Rea Director

  • Neill Rea Writer

  • Te Huinga Smallman Producer


  • Project Type: Short

  • Runtime: 10 minutes 33 seconds

  • Completion Date: June 30, 2022

  • Production Budget: 5,000 USD

  • Country of Origin: New Zealand

  • Country of Filming: New Zealand

  • Language: English

  • Shooting Format: ARI

  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: Yes

  • Student Project: No

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