The Hitchhiker

Director & Writer: Arun Jacob  
Production Company: Blink Blue Media
Cinematography/Editing/Sound Design: Nicholas Peter Soler
Key Cast: Anjana Vijayadas, Nishant Thakur, Brejesh Umashankar, Nathan Joseph
Genres: Thriller, Horror, Drama, Short
Runtime: 7 minutes 35 seconds
Completion Date: August 30, 2021
Production Budget: 200 NZD
Country of Origin: New Zealand

Arun Jacob's short film The Hitchhiker won Hamilton's best film and best director awards for him in the 48 Hours NZ Film Making Challenge 2021, besides various other awards. He is working on his second short currently and aspires to make a feature film sometime soon.

Connection to Waikato

Locations: Hamilton and Huntly
Crew: Arun Jacob, Nicholas Soler, Anajana Vijayadas, Nishant Thakur and Nathan Joseph.

Arun Jacob

Arun Jacob is the Founder & Director of one of the leading education and migration companies based in New Zealand. Inspired by his own journey of moving abroad and settling in New Zealand, Arun started AJV Global with the purpose to create an honest and transparent immigration company.

Prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial journey, he was keen to join film school in the early 90's and become a full time director. But family circumstances made him go into his business career instead. He nursed the ambition however and after over 30 years of business experience, he finally made a short film in 2021.

An influencer, published author and an armchair philosopher, his love for cricket still pulls him to the ground for weekend but serious games. Also a motor sport enthusiast and a pilot in the making, he is always up for something new and exciting.

Director Statement
Movies are the highest form of combining creativity, art, project management and business. Only a few are born lucky to have the ability to make and sell one. You have to will the universe into making you achieve your dream of being a filmmaker.