Matariki Short Film Festival 2013

A selection of seven NZ short films to mark the rise of the seven sisters of Matariki with Maori Actors or directors.

Sponsored and Presented by the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, in association with the NZ Film Commission and the NZ International Film Festival.

LAMBS (15 min)
“(Lambs)captures a tough uncompromising world in a very compelling way. I loved the central character’s heroism”. – Roger Donaldson
Director/Screenplay: Sam Kelly (2012) Producer: Tom Hern Festivals: Berlin 2012.

WHAKATIKI (13 min)
Kiri takes a trip with her family and friends to the Whakatiki River where she spent many summers as a girl. The place awakens powerful memories.
Director: Louise Leitch (2012) Producer: Melissa Dodds Screenplay: Bernadette Murphy (Te Ati Awa) Festivals: Tribeca 2012.

Trembling with energy and a kind of hybrid Maori-Pakeha spiritual magic, this film is about the cards Gen has already been dealt, and the cards she is choosing to play now.
Director: Briar Grace-Smith (Ngapuhi, Ngati Wai) (2012) Producer: Alexandra Keeble, Screenplay: Briar Grace-Smith, Kelly Joseph.

THE DUMP (10 min)
Told through the eyes of 11-year-old Utah, The Dump is a story about a boy discovering there’s more to his dad than rubbish.
Director/Screenplay: Hamish Bennett (Te Arawa, Ngapuhi, Kai Tahu) (2012) Producer: Orlando Stewart.

BABY STEPS (9 min)
A man, a baby; one little step at a time.
Director/Screenplay: Mark Ruka (Ngapuhi) (2012) Producers: Sheri O’Neill, Fred Renata.

Atawhai is a boy on the verge of manhood. He is counting on his three uncles to help the aunties.
Director/Screenplay: Libby Hakaraia (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Kapumanawawhiti) (2011) Producer: Tainui Stephens.

The seventh film will be announced at the dawn of Matariki in June.

Thursday 11 July,2013
Corban Estate Arts Centre, Shed 1
cost: $8 per ticket
Bookings: 838 4455
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Refreshments: Cash bar available