The Breaker Upperers

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THE BREAKER UPPERERS
ACADEMY CINEMA, AUCKLAND, 6 PM SATURDAY JULY 7

From the producers of Hunt for the Wilderpeople comes a new offbeat comedy.

Fifteen years ago Mel and Jen discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they formed, The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now, in their late-thirties business is booming. They’re a platonic, couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. When they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship unravels.

Directors: Jackie Van Beek, Madeleine Sami

81 min 2018 Comedy New Zealand

Te Makutu Shorts

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ACADEMY CINEMA, AUCKLAND 8 PM SATURDAY JULY 7 (R18)

A collection of darker themed films – suspense, horror, fantasy and sci-fi themed Maori and indigenous short films, including:

KARIRI
Music video Rob Ruha feat Tiki Taane 2017 3 min Director: Shae Sterling (Maori)

GAS CAN
Mattias Graham 2017 15 min Canada

A Cree family in 1970s Saskatchewan must ask an old Farmer for help when their car runs out of gas while moving to the city. Long synopsis: Gas Can is a narrative short film (15min) about the cycles of privilege and racism on the prairies. The film follows the story of Anthem, a Cree man moving to the city with his family. Along the way, they run out of gas and Anthem asks an old friend -- the Farmer -- for help. The Farmer agrees, but not unconditionally, and he turns his back on them when they need it most. Anthem and his family are left with no choice but to take back what was promised, and when the Farmer sets off after them in a rage he’s left stuck when his own truck runs out of gas.

THE HAMMER AND THE LAMB
Jules F. Chin Greene (Māori) 2018 6 min Czech Republic

In a world where multiracial, indigenous children are placed in settlement camps, a young woman escapes one night and encounters a mysterious flickering light. A re-telling of the Biblical story of Moses and the Burning Bush, The Hammer and the Lamb examines the psychology of self-sacrifice for women of color.

FUTURE NATIONS
Kent Monkman • 16 min. • Canada • 2005 • English

Against the terrifying backdrop of a biological apocalypse, a Native teenager makes a perilous journey to the city for food, and to rescue his secret boyfriend, a drag queen named Tonya. LGBT Themes.

MUD (Hashtł’ishnii) Shaandiin Tome 2017 10 min USA

A women’s craving for a connection with her son, which is hindered by alcoholism.

RONNIE BODEAN Steven Paul Judd 2015 13 min USA

Ronnie BoDean (film star Wes Studi) is the ultimate anti-hero – hungover, streetwise and badass, with a hustler’s heart of gold. When Ronnie faces his greatest challenge yet, babysitting his jailed neighbour’s precocious kid, the results are both hilarious and life-affirming.

TE MAKUTU, THE CURSE Jonathan Zsofi 2017 20 min NZ
Two star-crossed lovers in colonial New Zealand incur the wrath of a deadly spirit that follows them into the present where they must decide between lives apart or love and death.

Seven Rivers Walking

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SEVEN RIVERS WALKING
PIONEER WOMENS HALL, ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE
SUNDAY JULY 8, 10 AM, AUCKLAND

SEVEN RIVERS WALKING - HAERE MĀRIRE
Gaylene Barnes, Kathleen Gallagher 2017 84 min NZ

With walkers, rafters, farmers and fishing folk, we journey the alpine to spring rivers of Canterbury. This lyrical documentary from New Zealand is an intimate portrait of the struggles around water – globally the most precious resource of our time.

Broken Barrier

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ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, PIONEER WOMEN HALL
AUCKLAND SUNDAY JULY 8 12 PM

JOHN O SHEA, 1952, 69 min NZ Featurew

Tom, a cynical freelance journalist, meets a Maori family who offer him a job on their farm, where he falls in love with their daughter, Rawi.Her parents oppose the relationship, and he starts to discover the differences in the two cultures.

Broken Barrier is the romantic story of Tom Sullivan, a young journalist, and Rawi, the Maori girl he meets and falls in love with. While writing a series of articles on Maori life in the rugged North Island country of New Zealand, Tom is befriended by Rawi's family. The two fall swiftly in love, but her family disapproves of her marrying a white man. Finally, a quarrel reslults and Rawi returns to the dity to continue her career as a nurse. Their romance resumes when Tom follows her there; however, his family and friends raise a barrier against her. This. plus his unflatteing articles about the Maoris, once again thrust them apart.

Tom goes off to the timber country, and in a stirring climax is saved from a raging forest fire by the sacrifice of a Maori friend. hes is reconciled with Rawi and in their marriage is seen the hope of better understanding between the races.

"Broken Barrier marked the first New Zealand dramatic feature to be made since 1940. Its production saw directors John O'Shea and Roger Mirams crowding into a Vauxhall with two silent cameras, one picked up "from a dead German in the Western Desert". Ditching dialogue for 'spoken thoughts', the pioneering film examines cultural complications in a romance between a Pākehā journalist (Terence Bayler) and a Māori nurse (Kay Ngarimu, aka Keita Whakato Walker). According to O'Shea, some viewers considered it "a dirty movie" for spurring mixed race relationships." -NZ On Screen

 

Key Cast & Crew

Kia Ora Shorts

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Join us for Kia Ora Shorts, a collection of new contemporary Māori short dramatic films and documentaries, curated by Leo Koziol of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival.

Suitable for: Ages 18+

When: Thu 12 July & Fri 13, 7:30pm–9pm

Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 426 Great North Rd, Henderson

Cost: $8

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NEW TAKEOVER – Stan Walker
Best Video Māori Music Awards 2017
Music Video Stan Walker 2017 4 min NZ Director: Shae Sterling (Māori)

THE TUHOE COLOUR
Director Sebastian Vidal Bustamante 2016 11 min NZ

The Tuhoe Colour showcases Tame Wairere Iti – the New Zealand artist and the creative space he created in Taneatua at the centre of the Tuhoe heartland.

MARATHON
Director Sebastian Vidal Bustamante 2017 19 min NZ

Marathon is an uplifting drama focused on music teacher Philip, who battles neurosis and an existential crisis to find healing through running.

PUORO Komako-Aroha Silver (Māori) 2017 13min NZ

A story following the journey of Jerome Kavanagh, a young Māori practitioner of taonga puoro (traditional instruments used in sacred, ritual and healing ceremonies) as he revives ancient ancestral practices in our contemporary world. (documentary) Puoro – Best Maori Short Wairoa 2018

NATALIE
Director Qianna Titore (Maori) Producer Eloise Veber
Exec Producer Michael Bennett (Maori) 2017 9 min NZ

A coming of age drama set in the Far North’s Hokianga harbour. On the day that 14-year-old Natalie is given a precious waiata composed by her deceased Koro, she is unexpectedly thrown into a journey that will leave her changed forever. Natalie – Community Award Wairoa 2017

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

WAITING
Writer Samuel Kamu (Pasifika) Director Amberley Jo Aumua (Pasifika/Maori) 2017 12 mins NZ (Unitec)

Two best friends become brothers as they wait for a life-changing phone-call. Winner - Best Short, NZ's Best, NZIFF 2017. TIFF 2017.

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

 

Women of Waru

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Leo Koziol of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival and Waru producer Kerry Warkia have curated a special collection of eight short films made by the women who directed Waru. Waru is a landmark internationally acclaimed film proudly directed by eight Māori women.

This year we mark the 125th year of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. Join us for this celebration of Māori women in film. The programme includes films such as Butterfly (Director Renae Maihi), This Is Her (Director Katie Wolfe), Mokopuna (Director Ainsley Gardiner) and Nine of Hearts (Director Briar Grace-Smith).

The films will be screened in the AV Gallery, free with gallery entry. Limited seats. This event is part of the Matariki Festival.

Schedule:
Sunday 1 July 3pm
Sunday 8 July 1pm (Part 1), 3pm (Part 2)
Sunday 15 July 1pm (Part 1), 3pm (Part 2)

Whakapapa Film Festival of Italy

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Whakapapa Film Festival of
Irsina & Matera, Italy

Friday July 6 to Sunday July 8

With very  special guest Renae Maihi

PROGRAMME

THE LANGUAGE OF LIFE: SHORTS

A collection of Maori/Pasifika themed short films with limited dialogue, interpretable by many languages, cultures and peoples.

TANGAROA WHAKAMAUTAI
Director Shae Sterling 2015 NZ 5 mins
A stunning music video featuring Maisey Rika.

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.

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

FOOTSTEPS
Lennie Hill 2014 Cook Islands / New Zealand 14 minutes
"A father’s sacrifice, a young boy’s promise. The colours and hues of a Pacific Island shine through in this fable of fatherly love." — Leo Koziol

TOHUNGA
Rebecca Collins NZ 2013 8 minutes
When a young boy falls ill, a family turns to a tohunga for help. Unknowingly, a young girl bears witness to a world never meant for her. "Meditative moments of painterly imagery disguise a serious message." — Leo Koziol

AHI KA
Richard Curtis 2014 NZ 15 minutes
Left alone with just her spiritual guides, a young girl upholds the prestige of the tribe in order to protect the land for generations to come. Due to her brave deeds she is immortalised. "A meditative exploration of kaitiakitanga (protectiveness); as the people protect the land, so the land – and the birds upon it – are kaitiaki of the people." — Leo Koziol

TAUA
Tearepa Kahi 2007 NZ 14 minutes

A party of returning raiders hauls a massive waka taua (war canoe) through dense Waitakere bush, driven by their brutally insistent chief towards safety. Two water-boys are crouched in the bow. One of them risks a bold act of compassion — towards the trophy prisoner tied to the stern. The impressively-produced portage has echoes of Werner Herzog movie Fitzcarraldo, but the story is palpably Māori. Directed by Tearepa Kahi, Taua won Best Short at National Geographic’s 2007 All Roads festival, and was selected for the Berlin, Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand festivals.

RENAE MAIHI RETROSPECTIVE: SHORTS

A collection of short films made by Renae Maihi.

MANNAHATTA
Director/Writer Renae Maihi (Māori) 2016 15 min NZ/USA

In the city that never sleeps wanders a ghost that cannot rest. ImagineNative 2016

BUTTERFLY
NZ 2013. Director: Renae Maihi (Ngapuhi (Ngati Whakaeke), Te Arawa (Ngati Whakaue)) Producers: Sandra Richmond, Renae Maihi With: Jahna Batt, Aroha Hathaway. 15 mins
"Sometimes memories never fade, they just fly away for a time waiting for the right moment to return. A woman reflects on the tough emotional journey she went through as a teen."

REDEMPTION
Director Katie Wolfe, Writers Tim Balme, Renae Maihi, Katie Wolfe 2010 17 min

Redemption is the dark and tender story of two Maori teenagers trying to find their way through personal hells.