Running over the weekend of Halloween, but with nary a nod to such shenanigans, the inaugural outing of the Arohanui Film Festival has now announced its line-up.
Scoring a world premiere is no mean feat for a new festival, but Arohanhui kicks off with one: Joe Hitchcock’s Penny Black. Shot on a 27-day, 1400km tiki tour of the north island, during which the high-class world of high-strung supermodel (the eponymous Penny Black) collides with a low-key anarchist and his zebra van.
A couple of other NZ indie features also play the festival: Rosemary Riddell’s 2010 The Insatiable Moon, and Anton Steel’s more recent Z-Nail Gang. Both titles will be followed by Q&A sessions with the directors.
The programme also offers half a dozen international titles, feature screenings being preceded by shorts.
The inaugural Arohanui Film Festival runs 30 October – 1 November.