The New Zealand International Film Festival for 2010 ended with a fine film on a warm Wednesday night at its new northern most point, Cathay Cinemas in Kerikeri.
An audience of 30 was drawn to see the excellent Czech drama, Kawasaki’s Rose, four months and two weeks after more than 2000 first-nighters took their seats at The Civic for our premiere screening of I Am Love.
“It’s been a tough year for many New Zealanders, and we’ve felt the pinch along with everyone else,” noted festival director Bill Gosden.
“Though attendances in the main centres were gratifying, and responses to the programme overwhelmingly good, there has been a decline in provincial attendances. This may simply reflect the comparative lack of out-and-out escapism on this year’s travelling programme.
“Clive Neeson’s Last Paradise has been a consistent winner though, and its strong showing on the tour secures it the accolade of the year’s most seen New Zealand film at the Festival.
“Co-writer/director Brendan Donovan, meanwhile, secures the accolade of most seen filmmaker, having attended countless screenings of his film The Hopes and Dreams of Gazza Snell. Brendan’s lively rapport with audiences richly amplified his film’s observant identification with the aspirations, travails and aberrations of nice white suburban folks. We wish him every success with the film’s release over the summer.