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What We Do on our holidays

screeNZ regular column Something for the Weekend will return on Friday 16 January. In the meantime, here are some things to help while away the holidays.

Kicking off the list is the final step of The Hobbit journey that began a long, long time ago in a land far away. The Battle of the Five Armies scored the year’s highest opening weekend at the local box office, and will no doubt continue to be a player through the holidays,

Alister Barry’s Hot Air, premiered in the NZIFF earlier this year, will screen
on Maori TV at 8.30 pm on Tuesday 30 December.

The excellent year for NZ films offers up plenty of options for Christmas stocking stuffers. Now on video are many of the year’s theatrical releases, including James Napier Robertson’s The Dark Horse, Jess Feast’s Gardening With Soul, Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound, Alyx Duncan’s The Red House and Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows, to name a handful, and

Alister Barry’s NHNZ’s Our Big Blue Backyard, screened earlier this year and
now available to own.

For more instant gratification, more Moa winners are available on demand. Courtesy of the NZFC OnDemand service is Max Currie’s Everything We Loved, and via TVNZ are Desert Road’s Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story and Doc Edge opener and multiple awardee for 2014, Erebus: Operation Overdue.

There are also some excellent local webseries to check out …

The second season of Walter Wants A Woman, a nominee at the 2015 edition of LA WebFest.

If you can’t actually make it to a beach, Justin Harwood’s High Road is (mostly) set and shot at one of Auckland’s finest, Piha.

Courtesy of NZ On Air’s Ignite fund, Ross Liew’s If These Walls Could Talk.

And to end on a sort of seasonal note here’s the finale of Flat 3, the Christmas Special.