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The Breaker Upperers’ Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami on smashing funny bones and stereotypes

28 Jul 2018 | BY Shelley Lee - @ShelleyLee_

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Job-sharing mums were part of the majority female crew Kiwi comedians Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami picked for their hit womance The Breaker Upperers – a “funny bone smashing” comedy that challenges the cliche heterosexual happily-ever-after as the only path to fulfilment.


After premiering at SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas earlier this year The Breaker Upperersa movie about outsourcing the act of dumping someone, has accumulated an eclectic international collection of fans including the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Madeleine Sami (Sione’s Wedding, Super City) and  Jackie van Beek (What We Do In the Shadows, The Inland Road) wrote, directed and star in the film, shot over just twenty-two days. It boasts Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi as executive producer, and a support cast including the Waititi favourite – the talented James Rolleston, and stellar Australian actress Celia Pacquola.

  • breaker_upperers_rolleston van Beek and Sami with actor James Rolleston
  • Celia_Pacquola. Sami with Australian actress Celia Pacquola.
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Race, sexuality, family, loyalty, morality all get the comedic once over, but friendship and love are the dominant themes of the flick.

There’s also a music video flash-back tribute to Celine Dion that has a sprinkling of Kath and Kim to its hilarity (and hair styling). Dion mega-fans, Sami and van Beek launching a social media campaign to try and get the My Heart Will Go On singer to see their film while she is touring Australia over July and August.

It blasted the New Zealand box-office when it hit screens there in May, and ahead of The Breaker Upperers landing in Australian cinemas, it was announced Netflix had snapped up the rights to premiere the female-driven comedy on their streaming service next year.

With a majority female crew, The Breaker Upperers  has claimed a top score of F8 on our FIERCE Factor , and landed in Australian cinemas July 26.