May 13, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori-focused films dominate in showcase at diplomatic posts around the world

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The Ministry for Culture & Heritage, in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the New Zealand Film Commission, will this evening launch a catalogue of New Zealand feature and short films available for overseas culture events organised by New Zealand’s diplomatic posts abroad.

The showcase is funded by the Government’s Cultural Diplomacy Programme, which invests in the promotion of New Zealand culture overseas. The films selected span 23 years of NZ filmmaking and reflect our unique cultural values.

Launching the Showcase at Parliament this evening, Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Christopher Finlayson says the creation of the Film Showcase will enable overseas posts to share our films with an international audience.

With the addition of new films to the catalogue every year, it will become a valuable cultural diplomacy tool and provide an opportunity to display the talent we have,” Mr Finlayson said.

The Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the New Zealand Film Commission and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade will manage and administer the Film Showcase.

The feature films included in the Film Showcase are:

Eagle vs. Shark (writer/director Taika Waititi); Topp Twins: Untouchable girls (director Leanne Pooley); The Strength of Water (writer Briar Grace-Smith; director Armagan Ballantyne); In My Father’s Den (writer/director Brad McGann); Rain of the Children (writer/director Vincent Ward); Apron Strings (writer Dianne Taylor/Shuchi Kothari; director Vaele Sima Urale); The Price of Milk (writer/director Harry Sinclair); Ngati (writer Tama Poata, director Barry Barclay); Rain (writer/director Christine Jeffs); No.2 (writer/director Toa Fraser); Second hand Wedding (writer Nick Ward, Linda Niccol, director Paul Murphy)

The six short films, five of which have Maori in key role are: Journey to Ihipa (writer Vicki-Anne Heikell, director Nancy Brunning) Noise Control (writer/director Phill Simmonds) Hawaikii (writer Tere Harrison, director Mike Jonathan) Two cars, One Night (writer/director Taika Waititi) Tama Tu (writer/director Taika Waititi) and Coffee and Allah (writer Shuchi Kothari, director Vaele Sima Urale)

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