TE AO MAI NGA WHATU MAORI - THE WORLD THROUGH A MAORI LENS
This past weekend, Taika Waititi has a box office hit with WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. In a few weeks, DARK HORSE starring Cliff Curtis in a groundbreaking role opens the New Zealand International Film Festival. And photographs are leaking out of the stunning new action thriller DEAD LANDS (below) coming out at the end of 2014!
We've launched the new Kia Ora TV website (www.kiaora.tv) which we have plans to make into a platform for film makers to present their film works to discerning global audiences. And we've reawakened this ManaWairoa.com website, which will be the home for the Maori Film Letter, a Maori Film Archive, and a more extensive exploration of the history of Wairoa and in particular the history of film on NZ's East Coast (Ngati, Mauri, Broken Barrier, Pa Boys, Whale Rider).
For now Kia Ora TV is the home for our 2014 festival programme, which after Wairoa is travelling to Invercargill, Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane. Wairoa Maori Film Festival is also curator of the Nga Whanaunga Maori Pasifika programme of the NZ International Film Festival, curated this year with the help of guest curator Craig Fasi of the Pollywood Film Festival.
Next year's festival theme will be a revisiting of the original Wairoa Maori Film Festival theme - Te Ao Mai Nga Whatu Maori - the World Through A Maori Lens. The focus will be on the people behind the camera: the Maori directors and writers who lend authenticity and true indigeneity to film making in Aotearoa today!
Come back here regularly for updates on Maori film, and news as plans for a stellar year for Wairoa Maori Film Festival 2015 progresses!
- Leo Koziol (Ngati Rakaipaaka, Ngati Kahungunu)
Festival Director, Wairoa Maori Film Festival
WATCH MAORI MOVIES ONLINE
The NZ Film Commission has launched "Films on Demand" service with great titles available including BOY, CAME A HOT FRIDAY, and UTU. This is a pay site with each film costing about $5 to rent online. The range is a bit "light" at present but is sure to grow in future.
BOY is also available to rent on iTunes (for the current bargain price of 99c) as are a number of other NZ features (though they're hard to find, unfortunately):
Jubilee starring Cliff Curtis
Mt Zion by Tearepa Kahi
Once Were Warriors by Lee Tamahori
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted by Ian Mune
Overseas subscriber websites without geoblocking that include some NZ films include Mubi and Fandor. And of course Quickflix is available right here in NZ as a subscriber service.
Next month, we'll look through Quickflix for Maori and Australian Aboriginal film content, and profile NZ On Screen which has just released this amazing selection for Matariki.
AOTEAROA FILM TRAILERS
SOLID SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL
"SOLID Screen is an International Indigenous Festival of the screen, to be held at Innot Hot Springs and open to the public.
Solid Screen will include a range of work from screen queens that specialise in a range of contemporary practices. The screening responds to important transformations that have reconfigured opportunities for experimental arts, remix and media practice, internationally, in recent times.
The festival aims "to deliver Indigenous specific screen components to allow opportunities for Indigenous screen artists and artsworkers to develop professionally, develop greater understanding of new media and inter-disciplinary practices, and gain critical feedback on personal projects."
Guests of the festival are from near and far, including film makers from Aotearoa, Australia and Canada.
For more details check out their website at:
SCREENING AT THE NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
- Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil wins Best Actor at Cannes for his role in CHARLIE'S COUNTRY directed by Rolf De Heer.
- LOADING DOCS has now officially been launched with a number of short documentaries including THE ROAD TO WHAKARAE by Tim Worrall.
- Indigenous Australian films tour East Africa.
- Name of US football team officially deemed racist against Native Americans.
- Top Ten indigenous heroes of Canada include film makers Alanis Obamsawin and actor Chief Dan George (Little Big Man).
- Tangata Whenua.com visits the set of DEAD LANDS.
- Independent “punk rock made” feature film JAKE stars Tainui Tukiwaho as D.
- Māori Television wins prize at WITBN
- Māori web series receives funding which will be “narrowcast” on MTS website
- Keri Kaa wins Children’s Book Award!