MATARIKI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL @ OTAGO UNIVERSITY
DATE: THURSDAY AUGUST 19TH 2010
6.00 pm University of Otago, Dunedin
These seven very different Maori short films have been selected
for the Maori New Year and will play in venues across Aotearoa
during Matariki. The common thread connecting them is identity.
From the struggles of our dispossessed rangatahi in South Auckland
today, back to the struggles of our people in the late 1800s,
we watch as characters explore who they are.
NZ 5 mins Director Chris Graham
and Polynesian group Smashproof profile tragedy and struggle in
SIX DOLLAR FIFTY MAN
// 2010 NZ 15 mins Directors Mark Albiston & Louis
Set in 1970s New Zealand, The Six Dollar Fifty Man follows
Andy, a gutsy 8 year-old boy who is forced to break out of his
make-believe superhero world to deal with playground bullies.
LILY AND RA
// 2009 NZ 8 mins Director Armagan Ballantyne
The injury and nursing back to health of a small bird is
a metaphor for Ra's fractured home life. Film produced by ART
for The World under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights. Script by Briar Grace-Smith.
// 2010 NZ 16 mins Director Hiona Henare
URU is the story of a young dispirited Maori woman finding
her identity.† Based on
the true story of a group of Kahungunu women struggling for the
rights of Maori Women and Maori values in New
Zealand during the 1890ís. Actors:
Noa Campbell, Shannon Claire.
// 2009 NZ 12 min Director/Writer Ainsley Gardiner
Mary is a part Maori girl, living in middle class suburban
// 2009 NZ 13 min Director/Writer
On returning to his home for the first time, a boy discovers
he has a gift for seeing spirits Ė but he must gather his strength
to understand their messages.
NZ 8 mins Director Taika Waititi (Te Whanau-a-Apanui)
warrior returns to his tribal homeland in a quest for his cultural
// 2009 NZ 15 min Director Meihana & Pere Durie
One manís legacy, one nationís legend.