The Justice of Bunny King

Gaysorn Thavat

Filmin Emergents New Zealand 101 min Spanish premiere Fiction ● Online 29 april - 8 may


Bunny King (Essie Davis), a headstrong mother of two with a sketchy past, earns her keep by washing windows at traffic lights. Using her razor-sharp wit to charm money from gridlocked motorists, she saves every cent to get back the custody of her kids. After promising her daughter a birthday party, Bunny must fight the social services and break the rules to keep her word, but in doing so risks losing her children altogether. Accompanied by her niece Tonya (Thomasin McKenzie), a fierce teenager running away from home, Bunny is in a race against the clock and headed towards an epic showdown with the authorities.

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Gaysorn Thavat

She began her film career in 1995 working in the camera department. Starting as a clapper loader she worked her way up to 1st AC before making the switch to directing with television commercials in 2004. Gaysorn directed many successful campaigns as a TVC director, but is most proud of her PSA work for The Auckland City Mission, MSD – Family Violence and the Breast Cancer research Trust. Along with commercials, Gaysorn has also directed episodic television. Recently for Warner’s Fresh Eggs, and also Screentime/Lippy Pictures The Gulf. In 2009 Gaysorn directed her first short film, Brave Donkey – written by Gregory King. Brave Donkey was selected for numerous festivals including Melbourne, SXSW, London BFI and Locarno. Gaysorn is one of the founding members of SWAG (Screen Women’s Action Group) and is a beekeeper and keen fisherwoman when she is not making films.

Filmography: The Justice of Bunny King (2021, D'A 2022), Brave Donkey (short, 2009)

Gaysorn Thavat

Film information

Director: Gaysorn Thavat
Script: Sophie Henderson
Contact: Protagonist Pictures
With: Essie Davis, Thomasin McKenzie
Country: New Zealand
Year: 2021
Format: Digital
Length: 101 min
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Catalan


The Justice of Bunny King