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Where do you go when it's your fourteenth birthday and nobody has noticed' Reina Webster's moving short drama of a young girl and her neighbour is an insightful portrayal of a girl left alone. --- D/S Reina Webster P Catherine Fitzgerald WS New Zealand Film Commission TD 35mm/col/2004/12mins ... Read more
“A peon [sic] to the people on New York's streets, an absurdist rom-com, a flawless comic subversion; I'm not sure what Love Story is. Possibly genius.” - Critic ... New Zealand director Florian Habicht's documentary about the construction of a fictional love story merges snippets of narrative ... Read more
Obsessed with running faster than any man before him, Jack Lovelock came to the 1936 Berlin Olympics in pursuit of perfection. With powerful directorial understatement and lumi­nous black-and-white cinematography the him recreates the feel of those monumental times and allows the audience to ... Read more
Lure (first light) is a film about desire and place where lost love mingles with history. A train motif is used to capture the rattling destabilising rush of progress, symbolising the sense of flux that is inherent in a constant state of desire. The multi-levelled, multi-voiced cacophony is a play ... Read more
In 1969 Armstrong lands on the moon only to find that there is a woman ... there before him. When he recognises his fate, his famous speech is mutilated. ... Read more
In 1969 Armstrong lands on the moon only to find that there is there before him When he recognises his fate his famous speech is mutilated. ... Read more
The lives of the residents of Manurewa, New Zealand, clash in tragedy. Based on true events. ... --- ... D/S Sam Peacocke P Kristian Eek WS NZ Film Commission L English, Punjabi w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2010 ... --- ... D/S Sam Peacocke P Kristian Eek WS NZ Film Commission L English, Punjabi ... Read more
The traditional Maori arts of carving and decoration are studied in detail and the techniques involved are illustrated by the Construction of a village meeting-hall. ... Read more
“Pietra Brettkelly may well be profiling New Zealand's future Prime Minister.” - Variety ... In Maori Boy Genius Pietra Brettkelly (The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins, MIFF 08) explores the life of gifted Maori teen Ngaa Rauuira Pumanawawhiti, who's trying to balance his academic aspirations ... Read more
A young man tries out for his local rugby team, but discovers that becoming part of the team involves a lot more than giving 110%. ... D Colin Hodson P Wendell Cooke, Robin Murphy S Wendell Cooke, Paul Babbage, Colin Hodson WS NZ Film Commission TD DCP/2013 ... Read more
A 17-year-old gets a job at the local meat works, and finds the biggest challenge of his first day will be getting out in one peice. In competition at Cannes 2011. ... D Sam Holst P Desray Armstrong, Chelsea Winstanley WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2011 ... Read more
Memory and Desire is a beautifully framed, intimately observed love story. At its core is a mystery surrounding the tragic death of a young husband, Keiji, on his New Zealand honeymoon. He and his wife, Sayo, had travelled to New Zealand to get away from Keiji's intimidating and disapproving ... Read more
New Zealand In Mary's reflection, or mokopuna, she finds only difference, but in Maori the word also means grandchild, providing a link to her heritage. ... --- D/S Ainsley Gardner P Glenis Giles WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
After suffering a long-winded sales pitch, Meg buys a Jaguar that will help her make the regular visit to her parents in the country. Meg. however, soon realises that the car is haunted by a ghost — the victim of a murder. Meg's problems are only just beginning and as paranoia begins to take ... Read more
New Zealand audiences have embraced this charming, oddball comedy about the challenges of cross-cultural love. ... When Chinese-New Zealand film student Emily meets the daggy-but-adorable James, they fall for each other almost instantly. Everything seems perfect, but there's just one little ... Read more
A young girl is murdered and left deep in a lush forest, but will the killer get away with it, or will nature exact revenge? Official Selection Cannes 2006.---D Jane Shearer P Leanne Saunders S Jane Shearer, Steve Ayson WS The New Zealand Film Commission TD 35mm/col/2006/10 mins ... Read more
Salote does the night shift as an airport cleaner, picking up what others have left behind in order to survive. This latest film by MIFF Accelerator alumni Zia Mandviwalla (Amadi, 2010) screened in competition at Cannes this year. ... D/S Zia Mandviwalla P Matt Noonan, Chelsea Winstanley WS NZ Film ... Read more
Playwright Toa Fraser's first venture into feature film directing is an adaptation of his hit play of the same name. This deft mix of earthy comedy and drama centres on Nana Maria (American actor Ruby Dee) who, as the Fijian/Kiwi matriarch of her discordant clan, gathers all and sundry together for ... Read more
A neurotic young man tries desperately to be normal, to be nothing special. But can he escape his most ardent admirer, his mother, who believes he is Jesus reincarnate' Selected for competition in Cannes, 2005, [Nothing Special] is a hilarious black comedy that questions our concept of ... Read more
Records the expedition of New Zealand scientists to a practically inaccessible high mountain valley to study the life and habits of the native flightless bird, Notornis or Tahake, thought for eighty years to be an extinct species. ... Read more
The ultimate in audience participation or "how to succeed on stage without a scriptwriter".A touring New Zealand theatre group invites members of the ... audience to describe events from their own lives which the actors then "playback". ... Read more
The title says it all! Six vignettes laced with humour and affectionate vitriol plumbing the depths of maledom in its twilight years. ... Read more
He's late home — again. She's lonely; she's fed up; she's got ambitions. She gets help from some big stars — Dionne Warwick, The Virgin Mary, a Living Barbie Doll and a Dominatrix... But what will they lead her to do? There's more cooking than just dinner. ... Read more
How did the search for Osama bin Laden become a global witch-hunt for political dissenters - reaching even to the South Pacific? ... In 2007, the excesses of the post-9/11 War on Terror hit home in New Zealand, when the government staged a coordinated series of raids on activists across the ... Read more
Curated for MIFF (by MIFF), Orbit takes a spin around all that's fresh and exciting in Australian and New Zealand music videomaking. Explosive and frenetic, these clips run the gamut from Fraggle-like creatures on drugs… obsessive crushes… murderous puppets… cyborg ... Read more
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