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NZ Film Festival: Homegrown: Works on Film


Fri 30 Jul 2010, 6:00pm
Sat 31 Jul 2010, 2:00pm

Where: Regent on Worcester, 94 Worcester Street, Christchurch

Restrictions: R15

Listed by: MCH Admin

MIC Toi Rerehiko presents the 2010 programme of the best new NZ short films in Homegrown, now in its 14th year. From hard-hitting and topical through to light and whimsical, this year's selection will run the gamut of your emotions.

- Manurewa
NZ 2010. Director/Screenplay: Sam Peacocke Producer: Kristian Eek. 19 mins

Manurewa is based on actual events which occurred one night in the South Auckland suburb in 2008. The film was self-funded by the filmmakers and shot on 35mm on location in Manurewa and features mostly non-actors. Manurewa sees the tragic death of a Sikh liquor store owner through the eyes of a multicultural community and provides insight into the workings of our emergency services. The film doesn't form its own conclusions, but asks a lot of questions.

- Licked
NZ 2010. Director: Dan Salmon Producer: Philippa Campbell Screenplay: Miriam Smith, John Dryden. 10 mins

Licked is about the power of children. Produced in association with the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission, it is the story of two nine-year-old girls who strike a deal with a creepy stranger for some ice cream money. Beautifully shot, Licked encapsulates a lazy summer day at the beach.

- Choice Night
NZ 2010. Director: Christopher Dudman Producer: Vicky Pope Screenplay: Paul Stanley Ward. 15 mins

Choice Night is a lovingly crafted coming-of-age film. Shot on 16mm with handheld cameras, it tells the story of 15-year-old James, who has everything before him and choices to make. On the one hand, we have the girl of his dreams, and, on the other, his new rugby team mates who expect him to spend a night on the town.

- Amadi
NZ 2010. Director/Screenplay: Zia Mandviwalla Producer: Owen Hughes. 15 mins

A lonely Rwandan refugee tries to make sense of his new life in a country far away from his own. His neighbour, Jane, also lives an isolated life - her unstable mental health sees her living in squalor and disowned by her own family. At first, mutual prejudice exists between the two of them.

- Redemption
NZ 2010. Director: Katie Wolfe Producer: Rachel Jean Screenplay: Tim Balme, Renae Maihi, Katie Wolfe. Based on the short story by Phil Kawana. 17 mins

Redemption is a coming-of-age tale with a difference, a dark and tender story of two Māori teenagers trying to find their way through personal hells. This film is utterly tragic and hauntingly beautiful.

- Careful with That Crossbow
NZ 2010. Director/Screenplay: Jason Stutter Producers: Jason Stutter, Kevin Stevens. 2 mins

Careful with That Crossbow is the third in the ‘Careful with...' series. A boy... a girl... and a crossbow...

Our thanks go to this year's Homegrown selectors: Kathryn Bennett (Group Manager – Rialto Cinemas), Simon Marler (Executive Director – Script to Screen) and Deborah Lawler-Dormer (Executive Director – MIC Toi Rerehiko). The 2010 programme was coordinated by Paul Rose.

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