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NZIFF 2013 adds more NZ

The NZIFF has announced more features, including one local, all based on classics.

The international offerings are Jean-François Sivadier’s opera rehearsal film Becoming Traviata; Manoel de Oliveira’s Venice-premiered Gebo and the Shadow; David Siegel & Scott McGehee’s adaptation of Henry James’ What Maisie Knew; and Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Also from Shakespeare comes the local addition to the programme, Tim van Dammen’s debut feature Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song, about which the festival says:

Shakespeare’s tale of teen love reimagined as a rock opera set in a beachside caravan park. A triumphant blast of style and 21st-century Kiwi trailer trash pop. Classic tragedy probably shouldn’t be quite this much fun.

van Dammen has had a long run at music videos, so the decision to create a musical adaptation shouldn’t surprise. He and longstanding blurandsharpen partner DOP Tim Flower collaborate again here, having made MV’s for a wide selection of local bands including Shihad, Anika Moa, Boh Runga, Sola Rosa, Luger Boa, The Checks, Smashproof and many more.

Jamie Selkirk is on board as EP, a role he filled on last year’s most successful independent local feature, Mike Wallis’ Good For Nothing.

Romeo and Juliet: A Love Song trailer

This year’s NZIFF kicks off in Auckland on 18 July, concluding its run in New Plymouth on 6 September.

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