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Films From New Zealand

Director Robert Sarkies will be a guest of the festival and will be introducing the first screening of Out of the Blue ... The peaceful innocence of a tiny seaside village is shattered by the actions of one man in what was to become New Zealand's largest mass murder. This edge-of-the-seat drama of ... Read more
Family pancake making never was so crazy. First a pancake gets stuck on the ceiling then it gets stuck on a kid's head. The doctor's solution...to eat it off. ... Read more
"I overheard Dad say 'He's turning into a bloody pansy.' And I remember standing in the front garden, looking down at the pansies thinking, 'I don't get it. I can't understand it. Why is such an inoffensive flower such an object of scorn?'" ... In this beautifully constructed autobiographical work ... Read more
When Melanie (Rachael Blake, Lantana, MIFF 2001) goes home from the pub with the best looking bloke (Sam Neill) there, she is more than pleased with herself. After a night of revelry, she passes out on his boat and is sailed away to his 'castle'—a rundown shack on a deserted island. Melanie's ... Read more
Possibly the most extraordinary short film at MIFF this year, in Pop the viewer is the main character as we take a candid journey from tourist to drag queens and some startlmgly real stuff in between. While at one stage you could be forgiven for mistaking this film as a snuff movie, Pop steadily ... Read more
The true story, told through vibrant animation, of a New Zealand soldier who finds redemption in the hell of the WWI battlefields. ... --- D James Cunningham P Paul Swadel S David Coyle WS NZ Film Commission TD 35mm/2009 --- D James Cunningham P Paul Swadel S David Coyle WS NZ Film Commission TD ... Read more
Pressing tight against the strictures of the social world, the instructions of culture, the model of the family that teaches us to be human, lies the lure of the inhuman the cry of the beast outside our window, the oppressive weight of the forest leaning in towards us the texture of the sky that ... Read more
New Zealand-born comedian Deb Filler's one-woman show, Punch Me In the Stomach, has now been adapted for the cinema. A very funny roller coaster ride through her story of growing up Jewish in New Zealand, Filler's cast of characters is drawn from her extended family who gather together for her ... Read more
On 13 November 1991, Helen Todd received the phone call that every parent dreads. Her 20 year old son, Kamal, had been injured, shot on an island of East Timor. The nightmare of the next few days intensified until finally Todd was informed that Kamal had died of his wounds. She then found herself ... Read more
This colour animation, aimed at the 8-10 year olds, traces the law-making process through the example of Rachel and her noisy dog. When the neighbours complain about the vocal canine, the film follows the process through group submissions, the introduction of a Bill and the passing of a Law. To add ... Read more
A beautiful, provocative and moving debut feature from New Zealand director, Christine Jeffs. Rain tells the story of Janey (Alicia Fulford-Wierzbtcki), and her journey towards adulthood. It's the summer of 1972 as 13-year-old Janey is awakening to the newly found power of her blossoming sexuality ... Read more
Some secrets are kept forever…In the beautiful yet brutal terrain of New Zealand's Urewera Ranges, elderly Maori tribeswoman Puhi has lived through tragedies so powerful that some, including her, believe she is cursed. Caring for her mentally ill son Niki, the only surviving child of 13, her ... Read more
The most pathetic love story ever (re-)told. Rodney still loves Juliet, Juliet wants him dead... ... Read more
Roimata, a young Maori woman from the East Coast, travels to the city to meet her half sister Girlie. Introduced to gang members, the scene is set for confontation when Kevin, a young Salvation Army officer from her home town arrives. (SB) ... Read more
Gaylene Preston, a past Festival guest with her last film Mr Wrong, is still going strong and we're pleased to welcome her back with the beguiling Ruby and Rata. ... 83 year-old Ruby (played by the trans-Tasman's favourite mature-age actress Yvonne Lawley) refuses to be shunted into the Sunset ... Read more
Winner of a Palme d'Or Special Mention at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Run is a beautifully observed tale of a Samoan brother and sister who live in fear of their overly protective father. The siblings have to rely on each other in order to teach their father that they can proudly stand on ... Read more
The title is local slang for students at Otago University in Dunedin where a scarf was once a compulsory part of the uniform. Five Scarfie squatters take up residence in a dilapidated house to take advantage of free rent and electricity. Soon after moving in they discover a thriving indoor ... Read more
An astonishing array of New Zealand talent on display in this bizarre curio. ... Read more
Sheilas: 28 Years On New ZealandModelled on the British series 7-Up, Sheilas: 28 Years On follows the lives of five New Zealand women, first encountered in a groundbreaking 1976 TV series, Women. You don't need to have seen that original programme to enjoy this engaging and thoughtful personal ... Read more
Winner of the Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for Best Feature Film at this year's Berlinale. ... Set in 1981 in a small town on the Kapiti Coast north of Wellington, Shopping reveals the racial tensions of the era through the eyes of a half-Samoan teenager. Sixteen-year-old ... Read more
Vivien Leigh a fragile neurotic schoolteacher comes to live with her sister, who is married to Marlon Brando. Ann Margaret provokes Treat Williams into revealing her more intimate past. After some taunting Adam Boyd forces himself onto Jill Scott and makes love to her. ... Read more
Vivien Leigh, a fragile, neurotic schoolteacher, comes to live with her sister, who is married to Marlon Brando. Ann Margaret provokes Treat Williams into revealing her more intimate past. After some taunting , Adam Boyd forces himself, onto Jill Scott and makes love to her. ... Read more
A high contrast black and white short comedy from New Zealand about a strange family in which the term Sinistre takes on its ancient meaning: "to be middle aged and left-handed". Mrs Stubbs has no right hand and no husband and is therefore, bringing up her three children "single-handed". She is ... Read more
To deal with bullies, eight-year-old Andy must leave behind his superpowers and face the music on his own. ... Received special distinction at Cannes 09. ... --- D/S Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland P Wendy Cuthbert WS New Zealand Film Commission TD 35mm/2009 ... Read more
In the small town of Carlton, the Businessmen's Progressive Association is endeavouring to make the area more attractive to city people. Colourful events are held, such as an axeman's carnival and a runathon, to improve Carlton's media image. ... Conservative elements in the community are somewhat ... Read more
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