The debate this year continues to rage on what does and does not constitute a "Maori film" - with Maori narratives being constructed in a more "postmodern" context such as the Mexican director of White Lies, and the Fijian-Pakeha director of Dead Lands - but is what really needs to happen is a micro-budget new wave of Maori film makers making Maori stories uncompromisingly?
Over in Ireland, they have written a New Wave Manifesto for independent film making.
"We need to build our indigenous film industry by making it about ourselves instead of trying to replicate the foreign model."
"...there is a new movement in Irish cinema emerging which has an emotional truth and it is more exciting than anything that came before."
"Unlike the ‘Auteur’ or ‘Shreiber’ theories favouring either the director or the writer as the true author of a film, the ‘Fís’ Theory holds that a true singular voice can only be attained when the director is also the writer. If the director does not write it then they must rewrite it and reinterpret it into their own vision."
"We should not be looking to work within a hierarchy but in a collaborative environment."
"The language of cinema is evolving and audiences are now capable of cognitively solving... mysteries..."
The Irish have issued a cinema "Call to Arms" - get out there and just do it:
would like to issue a call to arms ...you don’t need to wait for permission anymore. As Terry McMahon believes ‘The art is in the completion, begin’. Pick up a camera, create your spiritual treasure and reveal your feelings in all their unique beauty and our new wave will turn into a cinematic revolution."
Tonn Nua: The Emerging Irish New Wave will be a topic for discussion at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival this year, with a panel discussion of micro-budget film makers on how you can uncompromisingly take your idea from script to screen.