The Six Dollar Fifty Man is one of the short films nominated for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2011 Academy Awards. Set in 1970s New Zealand, ‘The Six Dollar Fifty Man’ follows Andy (actor Oscar Vandy-Connor), a gutsy eight year-old boy who lives in a make-believe superhero world where his imagination allows him to perform extraordinary physical feats, to deal with playground bullies. But when Andy gets in trouble with the headmaster, he realises that to save himself and his only friend Mary, he must face up to the real world. The film premiered with Special Distinction in Cannes 2009 and scooped the Jury Prize for Filmmaking at Sundance 2010 before being nominated for an Oscar.
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Filming was shot by The Sweet Shop directors Mark & Louis (Mark Albiston & Louis Sutherland) via Sticky Pictures, Wellington, with producer Wendy Cuthbert, director of photography Simon Baumfield, and executive producers Shuchi Kothari & Sarina Pearson.