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Films From New Zealand

16 year old Ricky lives in a small fishing village and is hindered by the expectations of his overbearing father. Meeting an older girl they escape together into a blanket of thick fog, Ricky emerges as a young man, but is he ready to face his father/ ... --- ... D Peter Salmon S Nick Mayow P ... Read more
A young mother struggling with the pressures of study and a dysfunctional relationship finds comfort in the make-believe world she shares with her daughter. ... D Aidee Walker P Julia Parnell WS NZ Film Commission TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
Annie Goldson made a serious impact on MIFF audiences in 1999 with her heart-rending documentary about the aftermath of the Dili massacre, Punitive Damage. Her latest work once again reflects a personal struggle, this time for acceptance. Georgie Girl explores the colourful, always outrageous and ... Read more
A 12-year-old autistic girl and Western Bulldogs fan crosses paths with a runaway teenage boy and a kind policewoman while finding her way home. ... D/SJackie van Beek P Aaron Watson, Jackie van Beek WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
Yet another accomplished short from New Zealand. Headlong reworks the risky road- movie genre narrowly avoiding cliche and false sentiment. ... When a daggy and 'snaggy' bloke picks up an angry and articulate woman on a lonely backroad, a collision of sorts is imminent and inevitable. ... Read more
A couple dance rings around our expectations of masculine' and 'feminine', proving there are more twists to gender than you can polka a suck at. ... From the director of Bodyspeak and Drum/Sing, a classical narrative based around the pictorial values of film noir, reinterprets through the medium of ... Read more
Have you ever eaten mutton bird? Fished for eels with a spider's web? There's a lot more I bet you haven't done or imagined in this visually astounding work based on a short story by Ken Hulme. Hinekaro shows you the way to blast through to new experiences when she's called in to solve a bad case ... Read more
His Father's Shoes (New Zealand, D Samantha Scott) A vagabond son returns home to collect his inheritance. The comedic interaction that results between parents and son only serves to highlight their estrangement. ... Read more
A young man hitchhiking to meet his birth mother for the first time makes an unlikely connection along the way. ... D/S Matthew Saville P Julia Parnell WS NZ Film Commission TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
A charming, dialogue-free documentary that follows a house as it's moved across the country. Nominated for Best Short Film at the New Zealand Film Awards 2012. ... D Thomas Gleeson P Thomas Gleeson, Pip Walls TD DCP/2012 ... Read more
“A classic New Zealand story, perfectly told.” - New Zealand Herald ... On his way home from rugby practice, Ed Preston joined the New Zealand army. He promised his pregnant wife Tui he'd be home by Christmas - but four years would pass before his return, after escaping a prison camp in Italy ... Read more
A taxi driver tells his passenger a tall tale about a night of outrageous sexual exploits in his cab. Beautifully shot by musician and music video veteran Joe Lonie, and starring Andy Anderson, Honk If You're Horny is a wild ride. ... D/S Joe Lonie P Anna Geddes, Cass Donaldson, Matt Heath WS NZ ... Read more
The coming of the Arawa Maori people to the east coast of New Zealand and their entry into the strange thermal regions of Rolorua and Taupo. ... Read more
Unusual and humorous portrayal of the ways in which people get into serious and even fatal difficulties when swimming. ... Read more
A mobile slaughterman who can kill a cow humanely from a moving car, Beatle Tarrant offers a powerful argument for ethical slaughtering in this revealing portrait of a man who kills so that we may eat meat. ... Contains scenes of animal slaughter that may offend. ... D David White, Paul Wedel P ... Read more
A commentator, travelling through New Zealand's lake district with a vintage and veteran car rally, becomes involved with vintage cars himself. ... Read more
A terse, idiosyncratic study of love, mistrust and suburbia. Odlin is doing odd jobs for Ricky and Francine, but when Francine gives Odlin the keys to the house, Ricky takes a stand. An elegantly constructed tale about three very different people. ... Read more
Kaikohe Demolition New ZealandThe tiny New Zealand town of Kaikohe made world news in 1991 when a group of its children attacked Santa in the local Christmas parade. Florian Habicht's new documentary hopes to cleanse the bad reputation of the town by focusing on something more positive: the Kaikohe ... Read more
Close friends Jayde and Wiremu tag along with their teenage siblings to the local swimming pool. But igniting young passions can sometimes be as explosive as kerosene. AFTRS graduate Michael Bennett's short film is an intimate view into a small community. --- D/S Michael Bennett P Catherine ... Read more
Far from the social realist domestic drama, this film is a wicked and witty shocker and teaser. With a mere 14 minutes of black and white footage, a New Zealander demonstrates how to hook and rivet an audience while simultaneously sparking off an explosive minefield of metaphors. Witness the demise ... Read more
Jimmy is forced to chose between running away or staying in a hostile and violent home environment to protect his younger siblings. ... A hard-hitting film that screened in competition at the 2012 Berlinale. ... D/S Sam Kelly P Tom Hern WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2012 ... Read more
When the Angel of Death taps drunkard Barney Flanagan on the shoulder, he finds himself banging on the pearly gates with little chance of getting in. A comic and cautionary tale with a wicked blend of Gothic, Dantesque horror and glib, Celtic wit. ... Read more
Lars just wants his family to be happy, but with his mother gone and his father grieving he feels more alone than ever. ... --- D/S Daniel Borgman P Katja Adomeit WS Katja Adomeit L Danish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
Human nature collides with Mother Nature - literally. On a clifftop somewhere in Scandinavia, a group of zealous activists prepare to take a stand. Their misguided mission: to stop a crazed horde of determined Lemmings from leaping into oblivion. Lemming Aid is an offbeat comedy about people who ... Read more
A child's impression of a small country town in New Zealand during a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. ... Read more
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