Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.
Film and TV distributor The Orchard has partnered with Unison Films and Funny Or Die on the U.S. distribution of What We Do In The Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).
The Orchard has secured U.S. digital, DVD and broadcast distribution rights for the film, while Unison Films will be heading up the U.S. theatrical release and Funny or Die will leverage its social media and marketing reach leading up to the film’s release. What We Do In The Shadows, produced by Unison Films and Defender Films, along with producers Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley and Emanuel Michael, follows a trio of New Zealand vampires struggling to adapt to modern society.
The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.