Honouring Fred Renata

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Māori Film Week – Fred Renata Exhibition

TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre,
Hillsborough, Auckland 25 June to 21 July

Presented as part of the second annual Matariki Māori Film Week, an exhibition of moving image and photographic works of master Māori cinematographer Fred Renata. Fred Renata was camera crew on Merata Mita’s seminal work Mauri, and has been cinematographer for numerous feature films (Fracture, Mt Zion, Poi E), documentaries (Let My Whakapapa Speak) and short films (Ahi Kā and Baby Steps). Curated by Leo Koziol of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, this retrospective exhibition provides a comprehensive survey of the cinematic vision of Fred Renata – Te Ao Mai Ngā Whatu Māori!

25 June – 21 July

Photography Gallery and AV Gallery.

Māori Film Week – Fred Renata Short Film Retrospective

Presented as part of the second annual Matariki Māori Film Week, two programmes of short films will showcase the work of master Māori cinematographer Fred Renata. Films will include Baby Steps (Mark Ruka) and Ahi Kā (Richard Curtis). Join us for a stunning audio-visual journey, reflections of the cinematic vision of Fred Renata – Te Ao Mai Ngā Whatu Māori!

30 June, 7 and 14 July for screenings. Session 1: 12PM- 12:50PM, Session 2: 1PM-1:50PM.

Suitable for: All ages

When: From Tue 25 June

Where: Photography and AV Gallery, Pah Homestead/TSB Wallace Arts Centre, 72 Hillsborough Rd, Hillsborough

Cost: Free

BIOGRAPHY

Fred Renata segued from electrical engineering into film, after joining the camera crew on Merata Mita's first and only dramatic feature, Mauri (1987). He went on to work on pioneering Māori drama series E Tipu e Rea. Since then Renata's work as a director of photography has crossed all mediums, from music videos and commercials, to multiple episodes of teen hit Being Eve and hit feature Mt Zion. He has also shot many documentaries (Poi E - The Story of Our SongHotere), often with Māori themes. In 2003 Renata scored an NZ Television award for his work on TV series Street Legal.     

Fred has an eye like a viewfinder. Larry (Parr) suggested that Fred's pupils might be rectangular — and I don't think he's far wrong.
Magik and Rose director Vanessa Alexander

AWARDS

2006 Qantas Television Awards
Nominated for Best Camera - Non-Factual: for Doves of War

2005 New Zealand Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Cinematography: for Fracture

2003 New Zealand Television Awards
Best Camera - Drama: for Street Legal

ONLINE

SEE WHAT LOVE CAN DO – Annie Crummer
https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/see-what-love-can-do-1992

MOU PIRI – Karin Williams
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BmqaXA72x0

MARIA – Jeremiah Tauamiti
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJWWVdTMyQM

AHI KA – Richard Curtis
https://vimeo.com/171667736

TANGAROA – Tiki Taane
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLRYD4Akksw

THE DEVIL YOU MEET – Geoff Talbot
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN__7BbzGFw

TE AO KAPURANGI – Tama Poata
https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/te-ao-kapurangi-2001

TUMANAKO SPRINGS – Francis Glenday
https://vimeo.com/29413680

TREATY – Moana and the Moahunters
https://www.nzonscreen.com/title/treaty-1996

Māori Film Week – Fred Renata Short Film Retrospective

Presented as part of the second annual Matariki Māori Film Week, two programmes of short films will showcase the work of master Māori cinematographer Fred Renata. Films will include Baby Steps (Mark Ruka) and Ahi Kā (Richard Curtis). Join us for a stunning audio-visual journey, reflections of the cinematic vision of Fred Renata – Te Ao Mai Ngā Whatu Māori!

30 June, 7 and 14 July for screenings. Session 1: 12PM- 12:50PM, Session 2: 1PM-1:50PM.

PROGRAMME 1 (50 minutes)

SEE WHAT LOVE CAN DO – Director Fred Renata 1992 4 min NZ Annie Crummer Music Video
Fred Renata’s stylish video is a study in monochrome as it alternates black and white backdrops (and wardrobe for Crummer), and augments them with photos of loved ones and shadow play.

AHI KA – Director Richard Curtis DOP Fred Renata 2014 15 min NZ
The long-burning fires of occupation. Left alone with just her spiritual guides, a young girl upholds the prestige and sovereignty of the tribe in order to protect the land for generations to come.

MARIA – Director Jeremiah Tauamiti DOP Fred Renata 2016 14 min NZ
The matriarch of a large Polynesian family lies bedridden and silent, unable or unwilling to speak after a long illness. When a family crisis strikes, Nan Maria gets some unexpected help as she struggles to reunite her fractured family.

MOU PIRI – Director Karin Williams DOP Fred Renata 2013 12 min Cook Islands
Culture is like love – if you just hold tight, you’ll be OK. That’s the message of Mou Piri, a South Pacific love song that has touched hearts around the world.

PROGRAMME 2 (53 minutes)

TANGAROA  - Director Carey Carter DOP Fred Renata 2007 5 min NZ - Tiki Taane Music Video
Muscular and intense, this challenging (and presumably autobiographical) short film boldly brings to life an epiphany, and the impetus to rebuild following dark personal struggle.

GOD KING AND COUNTRY – Director Kiri Barber DOP Fred Renata 2013 13 min Australia/NZ
Inspired by a true story of the Maori Battalion in World War II. The reality of war sets in as Boogy, Hina, Rangi and Edison, find themselves trapped on enemy territory

BABY STEPS – Director Mark Ruka DOP Fred Renata 2012 10 min NZ
A man, a baby, a new path; one little step at a time.

TE AO KAPURANGI – Director Tama Poata Producer Robin Murphy DOP Fred Renata 2001 9 min NZ
Upon her father’s death, Te Ao takes on the responsibility of saving her tribe from the invading Ngapuhi.  Although the battle seems weighted in their favour, Te Ao proves that firearms are no match for her intelligence and courage.

TUMANAKO SPRINGS – Director Francis Glenday DOP Fred Renata 2007
Tumanako Springs is a fusion of western and horror genres, set in a Northland gum-digging town, circa 1880.

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