Set in Stone, a feature-length documentary made with lots of aroha and a tiny budget in small-town New Zealand has been selected from hundreds of world-wide entries for screening at the prestigious Doc Edge International Documentary Festival.
Set in Stone is the story of Herewini Whakarua, a Māori soldier from Whanganui who served in the Māori contingent in World War 1. Memoralised in stone on the top of a monument that stands in in the gardens of Pākaitore,Whanganui, his story had been lost until a community came together to restore the monument.
“At its heart, this documentary is a story about a small-town community doing what small-town communities do best – caring for those within it. These people not only put a monument back together, they restored the memory of a man whose story was long forgotten,” says Melita Farley, producer of the film.
Kevin Double, the documentary’s director, says, “Making this documentary was a labour of love, my way of paying respect to the town I now call home. The re-construction of Herewini’s monument was fascinating to witness and really united a group of diverse people – Māori and Pākehā, German and English. It was their skill and passion for their work that interested me. I spent hundreds of hours making this, but I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Set in Stone is a gentle film told with heart. A story of real life in regional New Zealand. To be able to tell that story to Auckland and Wellington audiences at such a prestigious event as Doc Edge is fantastic,” says Double.
Set in Stone will have its world premiere in Wellington on 16 May and has its first screening in Auckland on 31 May.
The Doc Edge Festival runs 10 – 21 May at Wellington’s Roxy and 24 May – 5 June at Auckland’s Q Theatre. The Screen Edge Forum runs 19 May in Wellington and 26 – 27 May in Auckland. Tickets to all events are on sale via Doc Edge.
Top image: photo by Kevin Double