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NZFF 2010 sifts bumper crop

NZ filmmakers have dumped a record 137 submissions on NZFF director Bill Gosden’s desk down in the capital, while in Auckland 140 works have landed at MIC Toi Rerehiko for consideration for the Homegrown short film programmes – a 40% jump on last year’s entries.

Keeping much of the good viewing to itself for a while longer, the Festival today announced four documentary films to whet appetites – a couple of locally-made ones and a pair from further afield.

Making the early cut are Clive Neeson’s Last Paradise and Robin Greenberg’s Free China Junk, a companion piece to Huloo which had its world premiere at the festival.

From further afield comes Exit Through the Gift Shop, a profile of anonymous artist Banksy, whose work was most recently in the news in Melbourne, following an unfortunate encounter with a City Council clean-up crew.

Finally, Frederick Wiseman’s La Danse: Le ballet de l’Opera de Paris/the Paris Opera Ballet, recently seen at the Hong Kong Film Festival, which premiered at Venice last year.

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