A YOUNG COUPLE GO ON THE LAM AFTER A BANKING ERROR DELIVERS THEM MILLIONS
An enthralling tale of temptation and adventure, Runaway Millionaires tells the gripping true story of petrol station owner Leo Gao and his girlfriend Kara Hurring - an ordinary New Zealand couple who, along with Kara’s six-year-old daughter, find themselves on the run after an extraordinary sum of money is deposited into their account in error.
In 2009, as New Zealand struggled to find its way through the global recession, the young couple fast-tracked their way out of financial strife, fleeing New Zealand for a new life in China and taking with them millions in stolen money. Their story captivated international media for two years, and the hunt for New Zealand’s most wanted couple gripped the nation and the world - as ordinary people pictured themselves in the same situation: what would they do if this happened to them?
Veering between five-star hotels and back alleys in mainland China, the runaways struggle with their unconventional lifestyle – and when a local police detective back home receives a tip off, the investigation to track them down takes off, with dramatic consequences.
Awards / Reviews
New Zealand Television Awards 2020:
Winner Best Feature Drama
Winner Best Original Score
New York Festivals Film & TV Awards 2020:
Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress (Jess Sayer)
Winner Best Camerawork: Gold Medal
Best TV Movie: Silver Medal
Best Direction: Bronze Medal
Best Screenplay: Bronze Medal