Asia’s largest market has a few Kiwi titles in the mix this year, plus the return to the market floor of Michael Favelle’s Australian distribution and production company, Odin’s Eye Entertainment.
The NZ titles (other than those buried deep in back catalogues) are spread around and hard to find, and those that are here almost all involve some international investment.
Korea-NZ co-production NORI: Roller Coaster Boy seems to be the only TV show with NZ credentials on offer. Nori has been taking meetings at Filmart with deals in discussion and memos signed for a number of territories within and beyond Asia.
Today (Wednesday) Nori goes to air in Korea, having had a successful launch event in Seoul last week. The show’s creator, Xris Sohn, was also in Hong Kong with the show earlier this year, promoting its merchandising potential at the Hong Kong International Licensing Show.
Having previously handled Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands (produced by Matthew Metcalfe), XYZ this year has Fraser’s upcoming 6 Days, (pictured, top) also produced by Metcalfe. On the second day of Filmart, XYZ made an announcement that a deal for US rights with Vertical Entertainment had basically finished off worldwide sales for the title. The announcement noted a fall release for the US, suggesting producers might be hoping for a slot at Toronto in September. Also in XYZ’s bag at Filmart is Macon Blair’s I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore, featuring Melanie Lynskey, which took the US Dramatic award at Sundance earlier this year.
American indie distributor Acort has Blood Punch which features Milo Cawthorne, a bunch of other Kiwi actors, and Rose McIver among the producers. During Filmart, Blood Punch also popped up on a Horror Freaks list of time-travel horror films. Acort also had David Blyth’s Ghost Bride a couple of years ago.
For the second time in three years there’s a project from across the ditch in the project market HAF, which runs alongside Filmart. This year it’s Grant Scicluna’s , a story of a gay couple and their adopted Cambodian daughter. Two years ago Hannah Moon was at the market with The A Women, about China’s “shengnu”: educated, independent, unmarried women. Coincidentally Leftover Women, a German-Israeli documentary on the same subject, is at HAF this year.
Filmart runs 13 – 16 March in Hong Kong.