Amidst the dust & shadows of a Central Otago woolshed, a grumpy old man is obliged to listen to a humorous tale from a meddlesome stranger.

Filmed in 2023 in the Arrowtown area of Aotearoa New Zealand, PULLING UP STUMPS is:

  • An Otago short film that will preserve a slice of rural life before it disappears forever.
  • A South Island story that celebrates older blokes and the sanctity of a man’s shed.
  • A classic of Kiwi cinema that features Ian Mune in a role that befits his status as a legend!


Old Stories Never Die

On a dusty day in Central Otago, a man in his 80s enters his workshop. His mission? To fix a broken kitchen appliance.

His task is interrupted by the arrival of a chatty stranger and an irksome rooster.

After several attempts to get rid of distractions, the old man is forced to listen to the tales of his visitor, including the saga of an obstinate stump.

Gradually, it becomes clear that the stranger may not be so strange. And the story may have more meaning than first meets the ear.