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