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Doc Edge unleashes 2017 programme

Doc Edge has announced its 2017 line-ups for the festival and accompanying Screen Edge Forum,

As last year. the Forum will run in both Wellington and Auckland, although with a different programme and speaker line-up for each venue.

The opening night film will be Nick Broomfield’s Whitney, Can I Be Me (pictured, top). Broomfield’s latest muso-focused doco (after Kurt and Courtney and Biggie and Tupac) will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month. Broomfield is one of over 30 international filmmakers and guests who’ll participate in the Festival and Forum this year. Sadly, previously-announced guest Roger Ross Williams is now unable to attend.

Of the other high-profile titles Feras Fayyad & Steen Johannessen’s Last Men in Aleppo, which took the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at Sundance in January, was among Doc Edge’s early announcements for this year. The full Doc Edge Festival programme runs to 49 feature and 20 short docos,

Among the NZ features selected is J.Ollie Lucks & Julia Parnell’s Wilbur: The King in the Ring.

Partnered with Loading Docs’ Julia Parnell, Lucks has developed 2015 Loading Docs short Wilbur Force into feature Wilbur: The King in the Ring. The feature, then travelling as Wilbur Force, won Doc Pitch last year. Lucks’ short The Characteristics of C-Minor screened at Doc Edge in 2015.

It’s good to see a completed project that’s been associated with Doc Edge during development return to play the festival, so kudos to Lucks and Parnell for doing that. Other recent Doc Pitch winners A Flickering Truth and Tickled have both opted to make their NZ premieres at NZIFF events.

Other Loading Docs alumni selected for this year’s festival are Prisca Bouchet & Nick Mayow, whose short After Life is among those competing for Oscar qualification. The pair made 2014 Loading Docs title Today. Wearing her editing hat, Bouchet has worked on a number of titles with Doc Edge connections, including Briar March’s There Once Was An Island (pitched at one of the early DOC NZ Summits) and Monica de Alwis’ Pretty Brutal, which took the Doc Edge awards for Best NZ Doco and Best NZ Editing in 2013.

Another returnee is Gemma Duncan, whose 2012 short Bridge Under the Water played Doc Edge. Duncan’s short Meet Peter is selected.

Of the remaining shorts, Ella Becroft & Ilai Amir’s short Bitter Sweet, which premiered at last year’s Arohanui Film Festival. The other NZ shorts selected are Félix Vaunois’ Moko: A Film about a Maori Poet, Nicholas Homler’s The Reel People of New Zealand, Rochelle Umaga’s Stickman, Tim Swanson’s Tamil Stories and Sebastian Vidal Bustamante’s The Tuhoe Color.

Probably the youngest of the NZ filmmakers selected for Doc Edge this year is Mason Cade Packer, with The Common Touch. Packer’s short Eutha-nation was among the winners at the 2015 The Outlook for Someday awards and was also selected for the All American High School Film Festival in New York last year.

The remaining NZ features selected are Harold Monfils’ A Good Day to Die – Hoka Hey, Harley Williams’ Delaney Davidson : Devil In The Parlour, Sally Williams’ Ken Dewey: This Is A Test, Fiona Apanui-Kupenga’s Making Good Men, Adam Luxton & Summer Agnew’s On an Unknown Beach, Kevin Double’s Set In Stone and Becky Nunes’ This Air is a Material.

The festival awards, which were presented in Wellington last year, return to Auckland this year and will be presented at a ceremony on the festival’s opening night in Auckland, 24 May.

The Doc Edge Festival runs 10 – 21 May at Wellington’s Roxy and 24 May – 5 June at Auckland’s Q Theatre. The Screen Edge Forum runs 19 May in Wellington and 26 – 27 May in Auckland. Tickets to all events are on sale via Doc Edge.

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