Dane ‘Marbles’ Marbeck can see ghosts, thanks to a homemade drug: his late father’s neurological medication mixed with marijuana. Officer Jayson Tagg, a wannabe super-cop on the trail of a serial killer, ends up murdered. So when Marbles’ mum plans to sell the family farm, and the only way of buying the house off her is taking the money offered by Tagg in exchange for his help, Marbles accepts. The unlikely duo of stoner medium and ghost cop struggle to reconcile their differences while they navigate their way through ghouls, perverts, a mysterious hooded figure, and an unexpected shot at love. It becomes clear the only way Marbles and Tagg will solve the case with their souls intact is to confront their deepest regrets and overcome their prejudices.


DEAD is the second feature from writer, director, producer and lead actor Hayden J. Weal, following the success of indie hit Chronesthesia (2016) which debuted at the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2016. Weal co-wrote DEAD with lead actor Thomas Sainsbury who has amassed a 150,000+ social media following through his popular Snapchat impersonation videos on Facebook.


DEAD is the first feature film for director of photography Tammy Williams (winner of the Al Guilford award for Best Emerging Cinematographer 2019), editor Kerri Roggio and producer Nicole van Heerden.

Colour grade was done by Images & Sound’s Alana Cotton (WINNER – Best Post Production Design (Colourist) 2018 New Zealand Television Awards) and sound design by Underground Sound in Wellington (Best Sound Design for Chronesthesia at the NZ Film Awards (Moas) in 2016).

DEAD also features incredible music composed by Tom McLeod (APRA Silver Scrolls winner 2016), Jimmy Urine (frontman of New York punk band Mindless Self Indulgence) and William Philipson.