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NZIFF light on local narrative

After last year’s five-strong line-up of local narratives, led by festival opener The Dark Horse, one low-budget title is the sole narrative title announced for this year. The 10 doco titles also announced today is up on last year’s eight.



Jason Lei Howden’s Make My Movie winner Deathgasm will have its NZ premiere at this year’s festival. The film premiered successfully at SXSW and has since played several US festivals before having its Australasian premiere in Sydney earlier this month.

Ten local doco titles are announced, with Tim Wong’s Out of the Mist: An Alternate History of New Zealand Cinema taking a look at the local industry.

Festival regular Costa Botes returns with Act of Kindness, made with Sven Pannell. David Stubbs’ Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses was supported by the NZFC-NZ On Air joint doco fund.

Robin Greenberg’s previously (and unofficially) announced Return of the Free China Junk is confirmed.

Crossing Rachmaninoff

Crossing Rachmaninoff

Simon Ogston and Orlando Stewart’s Philip Dadson: Sonics from Scratch features one of NZ’s great experimental artists, and is accompanied by Dadson’s 2014 short Arid Edge. Rebecca Tansley’s Crossing Rachmaninoff (fka The Concerto) listens to more traditional music in this portrait of Italian-born, Auckland concert pianist Flavio Villani preparing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Sarah Grohnert’s Ever the Land observes the planning and construction of New Zealand’s first ‘living building’, Te Wharehou o Tūhoe, while Kim Webby’s The Price of Peace looks at Tame Iti and the Urewera Four.

Janine Randerson and Mark Williams’ Place Unmaking examines landscape art, while Shirley Horrocks’ Tom Who? The Enigma of Tom Kreisler looks at painter Tom Kreisler.

The NZIFF’s full programme will be available in Auckland on 23 June, in Wellington on 26 June, and rolled out into other centres from then. This year’s NZIFF runs in Auckland 16 July – 2 August; in Wellington 24 July – 9 August, with visits to 10 other centres confirmed until late September.

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