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NZIFF collection 2015

This is a round-up of coverage of NZ titles in the 2015 NZIFF.

Simon Raby

Simon Raby shooting Crossing Rachmaninoff

The festival announced a doco-heavy local selection. The full programme release in Auckland added no new NZ titles beyond shorts screening with features.

Of the shorts, the Nga Whanaunga programme contained a number of titles seen at Wairoa, although prize-winners Ow What and Tits on a Bull both played in the NZ’s Best competition line-up. As the Auckland leg of the festival came to a close, four winners were announced.

SCREENZ caught up with team members from three of the NZ feature presentations, Rebecca Tansley’s Crossing Rachmaninoff, Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm, and RKSS’ Turbo Kid, which added to its silverware in Korea the same week it premiered in NZ.

NZIFF title Beats of the Antonov also added to its awards haul during the NZIFF, with two wins at the Durban IFF.



Other media put in some serious theatre time to review a solid (if English-language skewing) cross-section of the festival’s overall programme. Of the NZ titles covered, Flicks collected links to all its NZIFF reviews here. Darren Bevan reviewed Costa Botes’ Act of Kindness, David Stubbs’ Belief, Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm, Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa, and RKSS’ Turbo Kid.

Bevan also conducted Q&A interviews with David Stubbs (Belief), Sarah Grohnert (Ever the Land), and Robin Greenberg (Return of the Free China Junk).

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