Lilibet Foster’s Be Here Now – the Andy Whitfield Story (pictured, top) will have its international premiere to open this year’s Doc Edge Festival in Wellington and Auckland.
All up the programme will offer 37 feature length films and 15 shorts, closing in both centres with Ido Haar’s Presenting Princess Shaw.
Ten local titles are in the mix year, four features and six shorts. Of the features Zviki Eshet’s tale of Israel and NZ travel A Kick to Heaven was among the early announcements. Also a globe-trotting tale is Susan Parker’s Loving in Limbo. Parker completed a successful Kickstarter campaign late last year to complete the film, attracting over $26,000 for the tale of the obstacles in the way of author Hap Cameron and American teacher Mandy Todd’s relationship.
Bill Morris’ The Sound of Her Guitar also looks to the US, following songwriter Donna Dean and her band on tour and returning home to confront Donna’s past. Lisa Burd’s tale of Grey Lynn’s Monterey sticks much closer to home.
Of the shorts Rodrigo Gomez-Bolbaran’s The Tank Farm and Monika Krochmal’s The Ancient Watcher offer views on different types of local icons.
John Spry’s An Animated Guy and Zoe-Rose Herbert’s The Lonely Animal Friendship Society focus on the visual arts. Matt Pain’s Into The Unknown and Dean Easterbrook and Dave Henderson’s On the Backs of Women both find their inspiration in international subjects.
Joining festival opener Be Here Now, Hollie Fifer’s The Opposition also hails from Australia, with its focus on locals taking on international developers in Papua New Guinea.
The Doc Edge Festival will run 4-15 May at the Roxy, Wellington; and 18-29 May at Q Theatre, Auckland. The Screen Edge Forum will run 13 May at Park Road Post and 18 May at AUT. DOC Pitch will run 19 May at AUT.