Wairoa has rolled out its 2015 programme, featuring some favourites and new titles. In the mix is Wairoa’s first feature world premiere, Lennie Hill’s Umbrella Man.
All up, the weekend offers 62 shorts, six docos and five features.
Of the features, last year’s obvious suspects The Dark Horse and The Dead Lands will both play, with Michael Bennett’s Confessions of Prisoner T completing the local line-up.
Among the shorts are several which have already had success elsewhere. Richard Curtis’ Ahi Ka was the winner at Wairoa last year, and plays in programmes Wairoa shares with other festivals. Sam Holst’s 2011 Meathead won at the Berlinale; Hamish Bennett’s Ross and Beth and Gregory King’s UFO were finalists in last year’s NZIFF NZ’s Best programme with Bennett’s film going on to take the top proze. Bennett also won the Best Director gong at Show Me Shorts later last year.
Poata Eruera’s Pumanawa has had a good run on the international festival circuit since its 2013 premiere, this year playing FIFO in Tahiti and Maoriland in Otaki. Allan George’s School of Cool was a finalist in this year’s Tropfest competition, where George has twice previously been a prize winner.
Elsewhere in the mix are The Keeper from Dylan Pharazyn, whose Vostok Station had a strong festival run, and Rachel Anson’s Genome, soon to play in this year’s Doc Edge programme.