Thursday 21 August, 10:10am
Bethune Communications

Kiwi animated short THE RANGIMOEKAUS international premiere - Sydney

The international premiere of New Zealand’s first 3D Maori animated short film THE RANGIMOEKAUS will screen in Sydney this weekend as part of the Aotearoa Maori film festival.

Director Helena Bethune says, “It’s exciting to be part of a big multi-cultural film festival that includes Maori indigenous films.”

The Rangimoekaus will screen as one of six Maori films including 2014 Cannes festival film Home and Butterfly by director Renae Maihi. The selection of Maori films is curated by Leo Koziol and the film festival is a partnership with the Sydney Maori business network.

Helena Bethune says, “There are about 25,000 Maori now living in Australia so hopefully some Mozzies come to the film festival which would be tumeke!”

The Rangimoekaus is about a hard case Maori whanau living on a marae in NZ - mischievous mokopuna are trying to help their Nan give up smoking. 
The Rangimoekaus are also kaitiaki and care about the environment. The short film was produced in Wellington as part of a collaboration with Yoobee School of Design and Te Wananga O Aotearoa and includes a production crew of 30 talented Kiwi creatives.

The Aotearoa Maori film festival screens 22, 23 August in Sydney and 5, 6 September in Brisbane and will feature a Tamariki Filmmaking Workshop to introduce tamariki to the world of filmmaking and ignite their creativity to tell Maori stories.

View THE RANGIMOEKAUS promo trailer on YouTube and find out more about the film festival at


For all media enquiries contact Helena Bethune on 021 176 1495 or Leo Koziol on 021 143 4113