check out our Special Events section, for a range of special
screenings, events and presentations. Special
Join us for the Official Festival Powhiri and
Opening Ceremony, followed by a Hakari
Luncheon to be sponsored by the Wairoa District Council.
12.00 p.m. Friday May 30th
Join us for a special Maori Film Makers Networking event, presented in
association with Nga Aho Whakaari - Maori in Film & Television
RECEPTION, Gaiety Cinema, 7 p.m. Friday 30th May
CAME A HOT FRIDAY - OPENING NIGHT
1985 Mirage Films NZ 96 mins 35 mm
JOIN US as we honour the memory of Don Selwyn in one his best dramatic
roles, classic kiwi comedy set in heartland NZ 1949. Wes Pennington
and loyal mate Cyril are ripping off small-town bookmakers in
one of the last great scams of horseracing. Snags arise when
they become involved in a tangle of events that provoke mayhem
of extraordinary proportions. Assistance comes in the form of
an alliance with the Tainuia Kid.
With Billy T. James.
HUSH Director: Dena Curtis
Ethel and her friend Mary resort to an unlikely occupation at night to
top up their pensions. Ethel’s daughter is horrified when she
discovers they are not really “playing cards”.
2007 Australia 5 mins Director: Warwick Thornton
Nana’s granddaughter thinks Nana’s pretty special. She loves her Nana because
she helps the old people, and Nana’s got everyone under control.
1997 NZ 13 mins Director: Paolo Rotondo
A day in the life of two unlikely debt collectors.
OPENING NIGHT GALA, Gaiety Cinema, 8 p.m. Friday
SPECIAL SCHOOLS ONLY SCREENING, Gaiety Cinema, 1 p.m. Friday 30th May
RANGI’S CATCH (Feature Film)
1973 NZ 93 mins Director Michael Forlong
Two escaped convicts attract the attention of John and Jane Murray and
their friends Rangi and Hemi after stealing clothes from the
Murray's remote sheep farm. The children track the crooks down
through Picton, Wellington, Waitomo, the Wanganui River and
Rotorua. Starring Temuera Morrison, Ian Mune, and Don Selwyn.
KOHA: PEP SCHEME TE WHAEA
NZ 1984 27 mins Director Selwyn Muru
Unemployment among young Maori people is a major problem. A successful
scheme at Waiatarau, Auckland could be a model for others to
follow. The brainchild of educationalist and actor Don Selwyn
assisted by Brian and Georgina Kirby and others, has given young
people confidence, self-esteem and mana.
RANGI’S CATCH, 3 p.m., Gaiety Cinema, Sunday 1st June
THE LOST TRIBE
1983 NZ/Germany 114 mins 35 mm Director John Laing
An anthropologist disappears in New Zealand while looking for a lost tribe,
so his wife and his twin brother go to look for him. With John
Bach and Don Selwyn.
TIGA E LE LLOA
2006 NZ 35 mm Director Popo Lilo
Three Samoan boys face the harsh reality of living in a traditional Samoan
family in urban Auckland.
LOST TRIBE, Gaiety Cinema, 2 p.m. Monday 2nd June
TOI WHAKAATA: THE ART OF FILM
Join us for the opening celebration of Wairoa Maori Film Festival’s first
audio-visual installation centre, with a special breakfast reception,
followed by continuous looped screenings of the following four
audio-visual installation works:
By Natalie Robertson (Aotearoa)
Uncle Tasman: The Trembling Current That Scars The Earth is a deeply personal
audio-visual installation work by Natalie Robertson. Robertson
draws on customary and contemporary mythologies of land and
place to examine paradoxes of economic development and environmental
By Jenny Fraser (Australia)
Other [wize] celebrates the lives of the Yugambeh family members that first
survived outside their traditional homelands working on pastoral
properties in the North of Oz.
MEETING BARRY BARCLAY
By Linda T. (Aotearoa)
Tuafale Tanoai Graduating Exhibition for Bachelor of Visual Arts, Auckland
University of Technology “I
like to tell stories in different ways. To help create histories
that link the past to the present. To help re-address colonial
issues and to feed into decolonizing minds. I use performance
installation art for the excitement and interactivity. It’s
unique and only happens once… My future memories are created
with a camera.”
By Michelle Lee (Aotearoa)
An indigenous audio-visual interpretation of place. Michelle Lee is a recent
AUT graduation of Master Of Visual Arts.
By Belinda James (Canada)
A 20 minute excerpt of Messenger Dance, from a 3-Act ballet about the Pueblo
Indian Revolt of 1680.
BREAKFAST OPENING EVENT, Taihoa Marae, 8 a.m., Saturday
SCREENING DAILY Taihoa Marae, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 31st May to Monday
Te Paepae Ataata is a new feature film script development fund that aims
to identify and support Maori filmmakers. The first submission
date for scripts is 7 July 2008. If you are interested in applying
or would like to know more, then please come along to this one
hour workshop on Te Paepae Ataata.
TE PAEPAE ATAATA, Taihoa Marae (Kaumatua Room), 1
p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 31st May
Join us for this special screening of local and national historic films
from the New Zealand Film Archives. This special $5 screening
promises something special, including live piano accompaniment
of historical silent footage from the early 20th Century. Presented
in association with the New Zealand Film Archive.
MANA WAIROA – FROM THE NZ FILM ARCHIVES, Gaiety Cinema, 3.00 p.m.
Saturday 31st May
JOIN US for the Festival Awards Night and Maori Musical Extravaganza!
Awards to be presented this evening are: