Films From New Zealand

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 - mentioning nothing to the friend about why he is so late. After recovering from the effrontery of the man's lateness, the discerning friend detects a change in the man. Recognising the significance of th... Read more
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 literally take your breath away. A Moment Passing portrays the power of the sea as you've never seen before. Technically ambitious, at times awesome, in the space of six minutes De Salis manages to create ... Read more
An alcoholic paraplegic kidnaps his 7-year-old daughter. What on earth is he going to do now? ... Read more
A film about processes—the sense of involvement which craftsmen feel when engaged in their individual expression. ... Read more
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, Malfred attempts break awav and seek a new life. ... Read more
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. Reminiscent of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies", the film is tense and provocative throughout, and lingers long after its end credits as a psychological thriller of frightening plausibility. ... Read more
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, hoping to qualify for the Olympics in Rome. So confident is she of selection, she is studying Italian, in between her commitments to swimming, school, dancing classes, rehearsals for the lead role in The ... Read more
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 Mandviwalla P Owen Hughes WS NZ Film Commission L English, Rwandan w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/S Zia Mandviwalla P Owen Hughes WS NZ Film Commission L English, Rwandan w/English subtit... Read more
“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 supposed schizophrenia. Many believed her writings were inspirations of her madness. But the autobiographies painfully and truthfully unravel this myth... Janet's fresh exploration of her childhood and li... Read more
"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, Apron Strings explores the fine line between mothering and smothering through the sensory metaphor of food. As an Indian family confronts misunderstandings and secrets from the past that tore them apart... Read more
"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 tableau - photographs of dozens of naked women standing motionless in stark locations - both attracted controversy and made her a celebrity; the critics could never decide if it was feminism or exploit... Read more
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 calamities that culminate in a liberating decision. ... Read more
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 eels. ... Read more
A hazy night in Wellington is lit up with the pulsating colours and sounds of party people exploring their youth and freedom. ... Read more
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
"I was unable to turn away ... a powerful documentary that sensitively communicates its story." – Critic.co.nz ... In October 2007, 22-year-old Janet Moses' whanau (family) formed a circle around her in a bedsit in Wainuiomata, New Zealand. They held an around-the-clock vigil for four days and four nights as they poured water into her eyes and down her throat, following a traditional method for ex... Read more
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
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 story of their mother's separation from the father, their poverty, and the situation which finally gives rise to their running away. ... Read more
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 disaster area?' ... Laing challenges and raises questions about the immediate and long-term effects of many of the detached and routinised procedures that are often out of tune with the feelings and needs... Read more
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 the greater community. It is a film that takes an affirmative stance. ... The gang members have a history of discontent, criminal activity and alienation from the mainstream of society. This film takes... Read more
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