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A Fine Weekend (Armagan Ballantyne, 1998)
A man is diverted from his weekend routine by a romantic encounter with a woman. Dismissing the encounter as brief distraction, he hurriedly absconds to make his appointment with his best friend - me… Read more

A Moment Passing (Charlie De Salis, 1997)
Two men make a dawn pilgrimage to New Zealand's savage west coast. With the catch of a lifetime in hand, Joey notices, too late, the freak wave silently bearing down upon him. ... This film will lite… Read more

A New Way Home (Michael Duignan, 2001)
An alcoholic paraplegic kidnaps his 7-year-old daughter. What on earth is he going to do now? ... Read more

A Sense of Involvement (David Sims, 1976)
A film about processes—the sense of involvement which craftsmen feel when engaged in their individual expression. ... Read more

A STATE OF SIEGE (Vincent Ward, 1978)
The story of Malfred Signal, retired teacher, whose life had been dedicated to nursing her ailing mother, and instructing generations of young girls in the art of drawing. With he mother's death, Mal… Read more

ACCELERATOR: THE FILMS (, 2004)
Accelerator:The FilmsThe inaugural Accelerator programme brings together some of Victoria and New Zealand's brightest filmmaking prospects. We're proud to present a selection of the participants' cel… Read more

Accidents (Paul Swadel, 1999)
A harrowing study of fractured male ethos set in the remote beauty of Ruapehu's Makatote Gorge, Accidents deconstructs the myths of masculine camaraderie with a palpable sense of dire inevitability. … Read more

ALEX (Megan Simpson, 1992)
Based on the popular series of novels by N.Z. author, Tessa Duder, Alex focuses on the life of 15 year old, Alex Archer. The year Is 1959. Alex is preparing for the N.Z. national swimming trials, hop… Read more

Amadi (Zia Mandviwalla, 2010)
Alone in a foreign country Amadi knows that a person's face can never tell their full story - but his heartbreak and that of his neighbour may be more similar than he realises. ... --- ... D/S Zia Ma… Read more

AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE (Jane Campion, 1990)
“BEING A NEW ZEALANDER, I grew up with Janet Frame's fiction - her chilling and poetic first novel Owls Do Cry and the prevailing legend of Janet as New Zealand's 'mad writer'. We all knew of her s… Read more

AN ISLAND CALLING (Annie Goldson, 2008)
"I'm always drawn to incidents that if unpacked, reveal a lot about a moment and a culture, and I felt this was one of them." - filmmaker Annie Goldson. ... They called him the White Angel. John Scot… Read more

APRON STRINGS (Sima Urale, 2008)
"It's a rich and robust story, full of warmth and humour that reflects the changing face of Auckland's southern suburbs today." - producer Rachel Gardner ... The debut feature film from Sima Urale, A… Read more

ART STAR AND THE SUDANESE TWINS, THE (Pietra Brettkelly, 2008)
"If Madonna and Angelina Jolie can do it, why can't performance artist Vanessa Beecroft adopt an exotic Third World baby?" - Variety ... Vanessa Beecroft's work has always been provocative. Her nude … Read more

As Dreams are Made On (Gabriel Reid, 2004)
As Dreams Are Made On (New Zealand, D Gabriel Reid) It never rains, it pours for Reuben Mills, a struggling yet talented young actor. A rainy night provides the perfect backdrop for a series of calam… Read more

Avondale Dogs (Gregor Nicholas, 1994)
Avondale New Zealand 1965. A young boy, Paul, contends with the profound events taking place in his life. This is a beautifully crafted, evocative and moving story of guilt, loss, love and smoked eel… Read more

Beautiful (Adam Stevens, 2001)
Have you ever wondered what men talk about when they go fishing? Sublimely located, this beautifully photographed tale about two men and their tackle subverts all expectations. ... Read more

Betty Banned Sweets (Michelle Savill, 2007)
Benjamin just wants to travel, but his mother has other plans. World premiere, Accelerator 08.---D/S/P Michelle Savill TD digibeta/2008/14mins ... Read more

Big Brother, Little Sister (Ian Mune, 1975)
Two little Maori kids, Hema and Janey, are running away from their inner-city home to the country, where they plan to live with Nana George. ... The film is a series of flashbacks, which tell the sto… Read more

BIRTH WITH DR. R. D. LAING (Sam Pillsbury, 1977)
This documentary examines childbirth practices in Western Society. The commentary is by Dr. R. D. Laing, who asks: 'Why is this celebration of life so often turned into a biological and emotional dis… Read more

BLACK POWER - FAST FORWARD (Peter Cathro, 1990)
This is not a balanced, even-handed portrayal of the Maori gang who call themselves Black Power. They are one of many such gangs in New Zealand, which have for years inspired fear and mistrust among … Read more

BLACK SHEEP (Jonathan King, 2006)
Director Jonathan King will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Black Sheep ... “A freaky-fun flick that's equal parts loony lamb-poon, revolting ram-page, and… Read more

Blue (Stephen Kang, 2011)
A former children's television mascot, the puppet-like Blue has been largely forgotten by the world. Grappling with his own irrelevance and struggling to hold down a dead-end waiting job, Blue is sho… Read more

BOUND FOR PLEASURE (David Blyth, 2001)
Now that New Zealand is synonymous with The Lord of the Rings, don't think that all Kiwi dark pleasures are confined to the subterranean lairs of Trolls. Director David Blyth has embarked on his own … Read more

BOY (Taika Waititi, 2010)
“Alternately zany, sentimental and remarkably insightful.” - indieWIRE ... It's 1984, and one man rules the playgrounds on the east coast of New Zealand, a man capturing the imaginations and danc… Read more

Brainy (Daniel Joseph Borgman, 2011)
Daniel Borgman (Lars and Peter, MIFF 09; Berik, MIFF 10) delivers a moving tale of a boy who believes that his much-loved grandfather is still alive and possessing the power to reanimate dead animals. Read more

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