Five NZ titles are named for this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).
David Stubbs’ Belief: the Possession of Janet Moses (pictured, top), one of the first titles supported under the NZFC-NZ On Air Joint Documentary Fund and which played last year’s NZIFF, is announced in the Documentary/Drama line-up. Lee Tamahori’s Mahana, just ending its theatrical run here, plays in the International Panorama selection.
Three NZ shorts are named in the two Accelerator programmes. Ivan Barge’s Madam Black is already well-travelled; Yamin Tun’s Wait recently had its debut in the Sydney Film Festival and is a finalist in the NZIFF’s NZ’s Best competition; Liam Wadham & Eli Kent (whose short School Night was a NZ’s Best finalist two years ago) have Moving selected.
Also named is The Boyfriend Game by Alice Englert, who – with her actor hat on – appears in Alison Maclean’s upcoming The Rehearsal.
MIFF’s Asian selection also includes Tharlo, by Tibetan director Pema Tseden, who was detained by Chinese authorities a week ago.
The Melbourne International Film Festival opens 28 July with local director Cris Jones’ The Death and Life of Otto Bloom and runs to 14 August.