Four Weddings director Mike Newell's debut is an unrelentingly tense thriller based on the true story of a massive 12-day manhunt on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, Bad Blood is an unrelenting and tense thriller. In the small farming community of Koiterangi, backward farmer Stan Graham (Jack Thompson) refuses to hand in his prized .303 rifle for the war effort. His unstable wife Dorothy (Carol Burns) goads him into defying the law. Tensions escalate into a bloodbath as Stan shoots three policemen dead then flees into the bush. Stan quickly becomes a National hero as news spreads of his courageous man-alone stand. This was director Mike Newell s first feature length film. He went on to win a BAFTA for Four Weddings & a Funeral, direct the blockbuster Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and work with some of Hollywood s greatest actors in Donnie Brascoe and Mona Lisa Smile.