Drink Up, You're Next

Director & Writer: Nathan Higgins 
Producer: Mary Rinadli, Paige Larianova
Key Cast: John Turner, Phillip Garrity, Josiah Joyce
Genres: Short
Runtime: 12 minutes 47 seconds
Completion Date: February 5, 2021
Production Budget: 3,000 NZD
Country of Origin: New Zealand

Drink Up, You're Next is a short drama about the negative cultural impacts of binge-drinking in Aotearoa/New Zealand

Connection to Waikato

Locations: Te Rore Hall near Pirongia
Cast & Crew: 

  • Cast – John Turner, Philip Garrity, Josiah Joyce, Callum Reid, Patrick Ward, Jane Barnett,  Alister Barnett, Jamie Thomas, Dean Pinny, Wayne Green, Nathan Hancock, Andy Broekhals, Khan Ngarotata-Hansen, Alex Willix Payne, Tiffany Jackson, Mike Bowen, Richelle Davies, Julia Watkins Writer
  • Nathan Higgins – Director
  • Mary Rinaldi – Producer
  • Paige Larianova – Producer 
  • David Tharratt – Cinematographer


  • Rob Pendergrast – Sound recordist
  • Matthew Shaskey – Boom operator 
  • Sam Elton-Walters – Gaffer
  • Ben Corcoran – 1st AD
  • Chris Hanlon – 2nd AD
  • Ben Wilson – 1st AC
  • Pip Grundy – Hair & Make up 
  • Sarah Price – Wardrobe department
  • Roy Davis – Art department
  • Adam Harvey – Editor
  • Ben Corcoran – VFX 
  • Isaiah Mciver and Jason Long – Sound design
  • Matthew Bannister  – Musical score
  • Ash Stewart – Colour grader

Nathan Higgins

Nathan is a filmmaker based in Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand. After performing in local theatre for years, he started to create short films and documentaries in high school, after which he graduated from South Seas Film & TV School in 2014. He’s since worked on a feature and several shorts, practicing screenwriting in between. Nathan has a keen interest in telling compelling stories grounded in his upbringing in New Zealand while giving them warmth and humour.