Red Mole: A Romance

About This Project

Annie Goldson’s new feature explores the origins, performances, personalities and fate of Red Mole who burst onto the scene at the height of the counter-culture in Aotearoa New Zealand in the early 1970s. An indefinable genre of poetry, dance, mask, fire-eating and rock music, Red Mole took young NZ by storm, then departed for New York City in the 1980s where they reached some acclaim until the demands of the city fragmented its core members. Red Mole: A Romance is both a social history and a poignant personal story.


Scanned a mysterious flyer?

If you’re a fan of underground theatre, counter-culture, poetry, politics, music, costumes, masks, op-shop-cool fashion… this is the film for you.

P.S. Student discounts are available.

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‘A ribald and entertaining portrait of the radical and boundary-pushing NZ radical theatre troupe, Red Mole – deeply emotional’

– Chris Bourke, NZIFF

‘Goldson doesn’t gloss over how tough life was for the troupe – especially the women within it – but she also celebrates the love and need to create that drove them. Red Mole: A Romance is a blast and a joy.”’

– Graeme Tuckett,  Sunday Star-Times


Nationwide screenings at Whānau Marama NZ International Film Festival July/August 2023.


Upcoming theatrical run at selected cinemas nationwide: Late November 2023. Please check back here for updates.


Producer, Director

Annie Goldson


Renke An, Daniel Guzmán, Peter Simpson


Annie Goldson, Cushla Dillon, Harry Ashley


Ewan Collins

Music Consultants

Jean McAllister and Tony McMaster

Motion Graphics

Jon Baxter

Archival Research

Harry Ashley, Ben Goldson, Heather Wallace