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Films From New Zealand

A day in the life of a young girl in the Cook Island whose world is shattered by nuclear testing in the Pacific. Selected for the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. ... Screens as part of the Blackfella Shorts package. ... D Justine Simei-Barton, Nikki Si'ulepa P Paul Simei-Barton S Nikki Si'ulepa L Cook ... Read more
A short survey of the beautiful scenery of the mountains of New Zealand's North and South Islands and Southern Lakes District, with an accent on the magnificent facilities for skiing enthusiasts. ... Read more
Six-year-old Po watches as his older brother, Sonny, continually gets into trouble in this sweet film about brotherly love from Accelerator alumnus Tammy Davis (Ebony Society, MIFF 11). ... D/S Tammy Davis P Matt Noonan, Chelsea Winstanley WS NZ Film Commission TD HD Cam/2012 ... Read more
A delightful narrative about the escalation of a young Catholic boy's obsession with Josef Stalin, which is propagated by the conservative and austere environment of New Zealand in the 1950s. Stalin's Sickle could well be a generic relative of last year's popular By Bread Alone. ... Read more
Breast? Back? Of genius? Stroke is a splash of colour and confrontation. It's sink or swim when a lazy day at the pool turns to free-style fantasy. ... Read more
"When the film starts you will see a woman's face and hear a man's voice." In one simple continuous shot director Rachel Davis chal­lenges and redefines the question, fiction or documentary? Speaking an-others voice, appropriating another's experience of abuse, leads the issues of gender ... Read more
Six Maori Battalion soldiers wait for night to fall in the ruins of an Italian home. Forced into silence they keep themselves amused, like any boys would, with jokes and laughter. As they try to ignore the reminders of war around them, a tohu (sign) brings them back to the world of the dying. Taika ... Read more
A nightly stylised account of a young woman's grief and eventual acceptance of her grandfathers death ... Read more
Greg King's Teach You a Lesson is another alarming portrayal of dysfunction, following the shock of his first film Pop. It is a juvenile retelling of childhood within a family displaying a smorgasbord of abuse. The video-to-film handbag home movie style participates in the telling through its own ... Read more
Using beautiful black and white photography, The Black Spot follows the imaginings of a young boy struggling to come to terms with his epilepsy. ... Read more
An impression of a small coastal steamer going around New Zealand picking up and delivering cargo. Made in the early English documentary tradition, with a verse commentary by Denis Glover. ... Read more
Between late December 1909 and June 1910, one of the great figures of Australian filmmaking W.Franklin Barrett, made several shorts, scenics and newsreels in New Zealand for the Pathe Freres Company. ... This scenic is one of only three films from the trans-Tasman film trip known to have survived ... Read more
A wonderful depiction of an older and younger family relationship. Who understands anyone in families? Who relates or understands anymore? Sometimes the least likely family member can tap into that special reality that other members simply can't. ... Read more
An amusing story of five people who discover one another in an unknown situation in a heavy fog. ... Read more
In the suburbs of New Zealand's largest city is a cowboy club, whose members act out their Hollywood fantasies by dressing up and staging fist fights and shoot-outs. This film documents their activities without comment, but the macho posturing betrays a great deal about cultural insecurity and ... Read more
A man is renovating his home and adds a set of french doors to the house. When he wakes the next morning the world has taken a dramatic turn into the unknown. ... Read more
The Frog. The Dog And The Devil is the retelling of a ballad about a High Country shepherd who believes he is being pursued by the Devil. The frog and the dog of the title accompany him on his flight. The animation is a return to traditional forms, although the story is far from Disney. The Dolby ... Read more
New Zealand author Margaret Mahy has written the screenplay for this adaption of her Carnegie Award winning novel. Young Barney Palmer is finding out about a mysterious family secret: each generation one member of the family appears to be possessed by magical or supernatural powers. Is Barney being ... Read more
An unlikely couple drilling for water make a strange discovery with shocking consequences. Meticulous production design and sumptuous black and white photography do wonders in this comedy-thriller. It's an homage to "The Twilight Zone" that rewards suspension of disbelief with a wonderful sting in ... Read more
Cult-buster Dr Harry Ballard has pissed off the wrong people. Harry is getting obsessively and deeply into his work, causing problems both on the job and at home. The madness escalates when he finds his girlfriend crucified with barbed wire, and the cops on his trail, certain that he is to blame ... Read more
An early sound-on-fiim experiment by Jack Welsh of Dunedin. ... Edwin Coubray was the first New Zealander to achieve sound-on-film talkies. His sound gear was sold to Jack Welsh and James Gault, who perfected a variable-density sound-on-film system. By 1933 Welsh was producing a weekly talkie ... Read more
I don't think we can ever say that we are informed rather that we are formed. ... Interviewee in The Journey ... Peter Watkins new film The Journey, the highlight of the International Forum at this year's Berlin Film Festival, has been reviewed overseas as a film which pioneers new directions in ... Read more
Views of the Wanganui River from its source to the sea illustrate the ancient ... Maori legend of how the river was carved by Taranaki's journey in the long and distant past. ... Read more
A lonely bar. A girl, A country and western singer in the comer. Who needs anything more to relive the violent past? A post-modern black comedy. ... Read more
After 350,000,000 years, the insects get their lucky break in this animation about a nightwatchman whose blundering puts evolution into overdrive. ... Read more
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