In addition to the popular Question and Answer sessions at screenings, we are pleased to present a series of special events with festival guests.
This is your opportunity for in-depth engagement with the filmmakers and issues arising from their work. All events are free and open to the public.
The sessions are as follows:
Another Country: The Rocket
Monday 29 July, 10.00 am | The Black Sparrow, downstairs at the Embassy Theatre
Cinematica’s Dan Slevin hosts a conversation with Kim Mordaunt and Sylvia Wilczynski, director and producer of the award-winning Australian film The Rocket. Kim and Sylvia will tell the story behind the film and its very specifically Laotian story. They delve into the project’s genesis and development, the challenges of shooting in Laos, and casting and working with local children.
The Rocket will screen at the Embassy Theatre at 11.15 am following this event.
Utu, 30 Years Later
Wednesday 31 July, 2.30 pm | Blondini’s, upstairs at the Embassy Theatre
Director Geoff Murphy and DoP Graeme Cowley discuss the ground-breaking achievement of Utu and the process behind producing the new Redux restoration 30 years later. They will be joined by Gaylene Preston, whose 1983 behind-the-scenes documentary Making Utu is also screening in this year’s programme.
Utu Redux will screen at the Embassy Theatre at 4.00 pm following this event.
Wednesday 31 July, 5.15 pm | Paramount Bergman
NZ’s favourite movie podcast will be recording live in front of an audience at the Paramount Bergman. Witness Dan, Kailey and Simon (plus special guests) discussing the first week of NZIFF in Wellington and the latest film news. Follow Cinematica on Twitter (@CinematicaCast) and download previous podcasts at www.cinematica.co.nz.
Creativity within Confinement
Monday 5 August, 12.30 pm | Paramount Bergman
Filmmaker Dean Hewison (How to Meet Girls From a Distance – NZIFF12) hosts a conversation with directors Sean Baker (Starlet) and Curtis Vowell (Fantail) on the freedoms and constraints of low-budget filmmaking. Proudly supported by the New Zealand Film Commission.