This Thursday is the Matariki Short Film Festival at Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, West Auckland. 7.30 pm onwards. Guest film makers in attendance.Presented by the Corban Estate Arts Centre and Wairoa Maori Film Festival.
Then on Friday its a special screening of MT ZION at AUT Marae St Pauls Street Auckland CBD as part of the Films on Marae programme sponsored by the Tamaki Makaurau Matariki Festival Trust. In the weeks following the film also screens at Manurewa Marae and Hoani Waititi Marae in Glen Eden.
Of course WHITE LIES is still on at your local art house cinema, congratulations to the film makers a total box office take of $136,048. Congratulations, another success for Witi Ihimaera and South Pacific Pictures. Read the stand-out review in the NZ Herald, "beautifully bleak" and four stars in Stuff.
NGA WHANAUNGA 2013
Sunday July 21 - 12:15pm SKYCITY Theatre Tamaki Makaurau
Monday July 22 - 12:30pm SKYCITY Theatre Tamaki Makaurau
‘Ngā Whanaunga 2013’ once again presents a full harvest of brand new Māori Pasifika films: six from up-and-coming Māori directors in Aotearoa, and one from Torres Strait Island-Samoan director S.F. Tusa in Australia. ‘Whanaunga’ means family and connectedness, the web of whakapapa (ancestry) we share right across the Pacific. — Leo Koziol (Ngāti Rakaipaaka, Ngāti Kahungunu), Festival Director, Wairoa Māori Film Festival.
Leo’s comments on each film appear in italics.
The One Armed Bandit
NZ 2013. Director/Producer: Michael Reihana With: Pete Smith, Wylie Dean, Karlos Drinkwater. 13 mins
A community works in novel ways to fight the scourge of pokies. Edgy, fun and crazy. Michael Reihana delivers a visual trip overflowing with originality.
NZ 2013. Director: Tamati Ihaka (Te Aupōuri, Tūhoe, Tūwharetoa) Producer: Steve Taylor With: Kahurangi Carter, everisingsun. 14 mins
Marama is lost in her everyday life and is transported back into the past to remember what is important. An otherworldly spiritual journey tells us our ancestors’ lives reflect within us.
Dog on Duty
NZ 2013. Director: Lennie Hill (Ngāpuhi) Producer: Tania Hill (Ngāpuhi), Ronel Schodt, Mark Ruka With: Rob Mokaraka. 7 mins
A hardened car thief’s conscience is challenged by a small dog. Hilarious, quirky and cute. Rob Mokaraka shines in this fascinating fable.
NZ 2013. Director: Catherine Bisley (Ngāpuhi (Te Kapotai, Ngāti Hau)) Producer: Catherine Fitzgerald With: Brooklyn Double, Ben Agate. 11 mins
Jade arrives in her new rural home and struggles to make sense of her isolated setting. Catherine Bisley delivers a quiet, dark and moody reflection on rural isolation.
I’m Going to Mum’s
NZ 2013. Director: Lauren Jackson Producers: Andrew Cochrane, Jeremy Macey With: Duane Wichman-evans, Jarod Rawiri, Narelle Ahrens Festivals: Berlin, San Francisco 2013. 13 mins
When Jacob’s divorced parents dress him in ridiculous clothes to spite each other, he resorts to desperate fashion measures to assert his identity. The light of frustration shines in young Jacob’s eyes as he is bounced like a ping-pong between Mum and Dad’s.
Australia 2012. Director: S.F. Tusa (Torres Strait Islander/Samoan) Producer: Andrew Arbuthnot With: Jeremy Ambrum, Naomi Bowly, Martin Sacks. 10 mins
A delightful song-and-dance romance between a bashful teenage boy and the publican’s daughter. A charming and psychedelic musical journey into a young boy’s mind.
NZ 2013. Director: Renae Maihi (Ngāpuhi (Ngāti Whakaeke), Te Arawa (Ngāti Whakaue)) Producers: Sandra Richmond, Renae Maihi With: Jahna Batt, Aroha Hathaway. 15 mins
Sometimes memories never fade, they just fly away for a time waiting for the right moment to return. A woman reflects on the tough emotional journey she went through as a teen.
SHORTS @ NZIFF 2013
Screening as part of NEW ZEALAND'S BEST is "I'm Going to Mum's" by Lauren Jackson and "Tom's Dairy" by Oscar Kightley.
"Tom's Dairy" screened at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival last month as a special marae preview. It was funded by the Commonwealth Foundation in London. Kia Kaha to the Commonwealth Foundation for supporting indigenous film making in Commonwealth member countries.
Good luck to both the film makers who are eligible for some pretty awesome prizes!
Also keep an eye out for a short film starring the prolific Taika Waititi. Screening prior to Much Ado About Nothing by Josh Whedon is The Captain, directed by Nash Edgerton, brother of break-out star Joel Edgerton (Nash won't be far behind). You can also catch Taika Waititi online in a fatally cool Samsung viral video...
OTHER PANUI / WHAT ON
- Fale Matariki - Ella Henry and Whetu Fala are supporting the bringing together of Maori and Pasifika film makers in a two day hui of workshops, presentations and film screenings. AUT Marae Nga Wai O Horotiu, St Paul St Auckland 20-21 July. Register Online.
- Film Raro wraps! The films have been completed and screened at a special event at the Rarotonga indoor stadium. Some of the films will be previewed at Fale Matariki at the end of June (see above). Check out the Facebook page.
- The second ever Aotearoa New Zealand Film Festival took place in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, last month. Check out their Facebook page and Hawaiian newspaper coverage.
- Michael Bennett won best feature film at "Dreamspeakers" in Edmonton Canada! Congratulations Michael! Check out the festival details here and also on their Facebook page.
- In the latest (printed) programme, NZIFF Festival Director Bill Gosden talks about the "monsters" of blockbuster film making overshadowing independent film funding dollars and threatening the entire financial viability of the American film industry. Read about the controversy here and here and here. On a similar theme, LONE RANGER represents everything wrong with Hollywood, according to New York magazine, as China becomes the dominant market for watered down special effects laden product, without even mentioning the wider cultural context of indigenous peoples. Oh dear: "This comic Western plays like Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee reconceived as a Disney theme-park ride." Any native voices on the subject?
WAIROA MAORI FILM FESTIVAL 2014
Kahungunu Marae, Nuhaka, Wairoa District, Thursday May 29th to Monday June 2nd 2014. Theme: "Indigenous Frequencies."