Matariki Shorts

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This short film presentation also includes a rooftop telescope viewing of the Matariki night sky, running in conjunction with the opening night of the Lopdell Precinct Film Festival.

TE AHI KAI PO
2018 Shae Sterling (Maori) NZ 6 min
Ria Hall - Te Ahi Kai Pō - A lyrical and poetic music video.

LET THE MOUNTAIN SPEAK
Vilsoni Hereniko (Pasifika) • Producer Jeannette Hereniko • 2017 • 4 mins • USA

A visual treat of the world's tallest mountain on earth where telescopes reach out to starry skies, this visual poem accompanied by stunning images and ethereal music alludes also to human relationships where sacred and secular values collide and search for meaning. Cinematographer Paul Atkins (Master and Commander).

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
Any Beyersdorf 2017 15 min Australia

A single mother living on the fringes of society with her two girls wakes in the night with a unique problem – a light, shining from within her – taking over her life as it takes over her body. With Whirimako Black and music by Leonard Cohen (sung by SAY LOU LOU) and composed by John Kilbey.

THE GIFT
Steven Paul Judd 2017 8 min USA

After returning home from his grandfather’s funeral, a young Native American boy opens a mysterious gift bequeathed to him by his grandfather. With special guest Steven Paul Judd from Oklahoma.

TAMA
Directors Jared Flitcroft (Maori, Deaf) & Jack O’Donnell 2017 9 min NZ

Tama is the result of a unique collaboration between deaf and hearing filmmakers. Tama is about a young Maori deaf boy who wants to learn the Haka. On a near fatal car trip, Tama has to confront his family. In his struggle he begins to grow from an undervalued youth into a proud young man.
Tama - Best Maori Short Wairoa 2017

ROTO
Louise Potiki Bryant (Māori) 2017 8 min NZ

Inspired by Lake Wānaka in Te Wai Pounamu, acclaimed artist Louise Potiki Bryant presents a striking dance film that explores our consciousness and emotional state, embodied within the word “roto” meaning both “lake” and “within”. With this film the lake becomes a metaphor for our consciousness, and the surface of the lake is likened to our emotional state.

THREE THOUSAND
Asinnajaq 2017 14 min Canada

Artist Asinnajaq throws a creative net into the National Film Board of Canada’s audiovisual archive, weaving historic footage of the Inuit into a stunningly original animation. In 14 minutes of luminescent cinema, she recasts the past, present and future of the Inuit in a surprising new light. With special guest Asinnajaq.

Suitable for: Ages 18+

When: Wed 4 July, from 6.30pm
Telescope viewing: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Film begins: 8pm

Where: Lopdell Precinct, 418 Titirangi Road, Titirangi 

Cost: $10