The Doc Edge awards have returned to Auckland this year and were presented Wednesday on the opening night of the Auckland leg of the festival, ahead of the screening of festival guest Nick Broomfield’s Whitney, Can I Be Me?
Ali Mau did the MC-ing honours, revealing the winners and presenting awards.
Among the locals award contenders, Fiona Apanui-Kupenga’s NZ On Air-supported Making Good Men (pictured, top) took three gongs: NZ Feature Documentary, Director and Editing.
Fittingly, Kevin Double took two awards, named Best New Zealand Emerging Filmmaker and receiving a Special Mention for Set In Stone.
Jiu-Liang Wan’s Plastic China won International Feature Documentary award.
The panel commented, “Plastic China stood out with its astutely observed characters and singular location. The struggle and heartbreak of the film were particularly poignant because of our relationship to the situation. The wider resonance of the story, the fact that China is recycling plastic waste for much of the western world, was a stark reminder of the interconnectedness of humanity.”
Leanne Pooley, (25 April, Beyond The Edge, Topp Twins – Untouchable Girls) was named this year’s Doc Edge Superhero.
“She tells the truth in everything she does,” Alex Lee said, introducing the award.
“When people ask me what I do, I say I beg for things – for money, permission, cast, crew. So it’s a real pleasure to be given something I haven’t asked for,” Pooley said.
The Doc Edge Festival ran 10 – 21 May at Wellington’s Roxy and is running until 5 June at Auckland’s Q Theatre. The Screen Edge Forum runs 26 – 27 May in Auckland. Tickets to all events are on sale via Doc Edge.
The 2017 Doc Edge winners were:
New Zealand Competition: Feature Documentary
Best New Zealand Feature Documentary
Making Good Men
Special Mention: Set In Stone
Best New Zealand Director
Fiona Apanui-Kupenga, Making Good Men
Best New Zealand Editing
Making Good Men
Best New Zealand Cinematography
On An Unknown Beach
Best New Zealand Emerging Filmmaker
Kevin Double, Set in Stone
New Zealand Competition: Short Documentary
Best New Zealand Short Documentary
Special Mentions: Meet Peter, Moko: A Film About A Maori Poet, Stickman
International Competition: Feature Documentary
Best International Feature Documentary
Special Mentions: Last Men in Aleppo, For Ahkeem
Best International Director
Yonatan Nir, My Hero Brother
Special Mention: Shirley Abraham & Amit Madheshiya, The Cinema Travellers
International Competition: Short Documentary
Best International Short Documentary
Doc Edge Superhero Award