A day after the Doc Edge Festival made its first announcements, the NZIFF has unveiled documentary titles for its Autumn Events screenings.
The team behind How Far is Heaven, Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith, brings The Ground We Won. Shot in Reperoa over the course of a year, the film is a portrait of a New Zealand provincial rugby-team. The very local The Ground We Won gets in ahead of the global rugby event that kicks off in London in September.
Madman title That Sugar Film, the feature-length directorial debut from Australian actor Damon Gameau (Secrets & Lies, Puberty Blues, Wentworth), had its world premiere at IDFA last year. In the style of Morgan Spurlock’s Supersize Me, the film examines the effect (on Gameau) of his sugar consumption from eating only foods considered healthy.
Trailer: That Sugar Film
Filmmakers of both titles will attend screenings in Auckland and Wellington.
More Autumn Events programme announcements are to come, with the classic/restored titles being unveiled next week. Currently doing the rounds on the international festival circuit are The Cabinet of Dr Caligari; The Last Emperor; Once upon a Time in America; Paris, Texas and The Tales of Hoffmann. It’ll be interesting to see whether the NZIFF has those or other titles in its sights.
Commencing in mid-April, Autumn Events screens in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington. Schedeules are online at the Autumn Events section of the NZIFF site.