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The designated New Zealand strand on our programme boasts a range of inventive features, and a selection of shorts and documentaries. NZIFF has worked long and hard to provide a profile – not to mention a little remuneration - for striking work made within our own shores. These caught our attention in 2015. We salute the filmmakers and their commitment to putting Aotearoa on screen.
Te Awa Tupua - Voices of the Land (2014). Dir. Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph. This beautiful new film from the director of Tatarakihi honours the longstanding struggle of Whanganui iwi to reclaim guardianship over their ancestral river. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Te Awa Tupua - Voices of the Land (2014). Dir. Paora Te Oti Takarangi Joseph. This beautiful new film from the director of Tatarakihi honours the longstanding struggle of Whanganui iwi to reclaim guardianship over their ancestral river. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

The Dark Horse (2014) Dir. James Napier Robertson. Be the first in the world to acclaim a moving new New Zealand film. Cliff Curtis is superb as the late Genesis Potini, the speed chess champion who passed on his gift to countless East Coast children. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

The Dark Horse (2014) Dir. James Napier Robertson. Be the first in the world to acclaim a moving new New Zealand film. Cliff Curtis is superb as the late Genesis Potini, the speed chess champion who passed on his gift to countless East Coast children. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Tūmanako/Hope (2014) Dir. Susy Pointon. Many roads lead to the Hokianga in this engaging documentary portrait of several generations of inhabitants: local iwi, long-established farming families, and the alternative lifestylers of the 60s and 70s who put down roots and stayed. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Tūmanako/Hope (2014) Dir. Susy Pointon. Many roads lead to the Hokianga in this engaging documentary portrait of several generations of inhabitants: local iwi, long-established farming families, and the alternative lifestylers of the 60s and 70s who put down roots and stayed. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Housebound (2014). Dir. Gerard Johnstone. Welcome home to the Kiwi horror house comedy that took SXSW by storm. Gerard Johnstone’s brilliant genre mash-up stars Rima Te Wiata, Morgana O’Reilly, Glen-Paul Waru and Cameron Rhodes. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Housebound (2014). Dir. Gerard Johnstone. Welcome home to the Kiwi horror house comedy that took SXSW by storm. Gerard Johnstone’s brilliant genre mash-up stars Rima Te Wiata, Morgana O’Reilly, Glen-Paul Waru and Cameron Rhodes. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Orphans and Kingdoms (2014). In writer/director Paolo Rotondo’s debut feature, three teenagers on the run break into a deluxe Waiheke Island home and find themselves caught in a tense psychodrama with the conflicted owner. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Orphans and Kingdoms (2014). In writer/director Paolo Rotondo’s debut feature, three teenagers on the run break into a deluxe Waiheke Island home and find themselves caught in a tense psychodrama with the conflicted owner. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Voices of the Land: Ngā Reo o te Whenua (2014). Paul Wolffram’s fascinating and eloquent doco about Māori instrumental traditions accompanies Richard Nunns and Horomona Horo as they perform in a series of remarkable South Island wilderness settings. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Voices of the Land: Ngā Reo o te Whenua (2014). Paul Wolffram’s fascinating and eloquent doco about Māori instrumental traditions accompanies Richard Nunns and Horomona Horo as they perform in a series of remarkable South Island wilderness settings. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Everything We Loved (2014). Dir. Max Currie. A man, a woman and a four-year-old boy retreat to a house outside town. What are they hiding from? Debut writer/director Max Currie staggers its revelations to dramatic effect in this suspenseful psychological drama. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Everything We Loved (2014). Dir. Max Currie. A man, a woman and a four-year-old boy retreat to a house outside town. What are they hiding from? Debut writer/director Max Currie staggers its revelations to dramatic effect in this suspenseful psychological drama. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

REALITi (2014). Dir. Jonathan King. An up-and-coming media executive has good reason to question the very facts of his existence in this micro-budget sci-fi chiller from director Jonathan King (Black Sheep, Under the Mountain) and novelist Chad Taylor. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

REALITi (2014). Dir. Jonathan King. An up-and-coming media executive has good reason to question the very facts of his existence in this micro-budget sci-fi chiller from director Jonathan King (Black Sheep, Under the Mountain) and novelist Chad Taylor. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Hot Air (2014). Dir. Alister Barry and Abi King-Jones. In the years since New Zealand politicians began to grapple with climate change our greenhouse gas emissions have burgeoned. Alister Barry’s doco draws on TV archives and interviews with key participants to find out why. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Hot Air (2014). Dir. Alister Barry and Abi King-Jones. In the years since New Zealand politicians began to grapple with climate change our greenhouse gas emissions have burgeoned. Alister Barry’s doco draws on TV archives and interviews with key participants to find out why. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Aunty and the Star People (2014). Dir. Gerard Smyth. In New Zealand, writer Jean Watson is an anonymous elderly woman living in a modest Wellington flat. In southern India she is revered as the famous ‘Jean Aunty’. Gerard Smyth’s documentary explores her fascinating double life. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival

Aunty and the Star People (2014). Dir. Gerard Smyth. In New Zealand, writer Jean Watson is an anonymous elderly woman living in a modest Wellington flat. In southern India she is revered as the famous ‘Jean Aunty’. Gerard Smyth’s documentary explores her fascinating double life. #nziff New Zealand International Film Festival


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