Homegrown: Programme 2
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With works that are characterised by a strong spirit of innovation and skilful irreverence, this year‘s second programme demonstrates a keen eye for drama, pathos and black humour. From the dark and delightfully tragicomic to the achingly poignant, this line-up of maverick films explores the murky side of human nature whilst demonstrating a quiet faith in compassion and even whimsy.
NZ/Australia/India 2007. Director: Mark Lapwood Producers: Mark Lapwood, Jamie Hilton. Festivals: Tribeca 2008. AFI Award Outstanding Achievement Short Film Craft (cinematography), 2007. 10 mins
Eclipse is a poetic ode to the brutal realities of an impoverished people on the streets of India‘s economic capital, Mumbai.
NZ 2007. Director/Producer: Campbell Farquhar. 4 mins
A Kafkaesque tale of sleeplessness told through animation, dance and painted light.
The Graffiti of Mr Tupaia
NZ 2007. Director: Christopher Dudman Producer: Vicky Pope Screenplay: Paul Stanley Ward. 15 mins
A deeply moving testament to the ability of two unlikely characters to communicate and connect across a wide socio-cultural divide.
NZ 2008. Director: Adam Strange Screenplay: Peter Force, Adam Strange Producer: Anzak Tindall. 15 mins
Blood may be thicker than water, but what about milk? Aphrodite‘s Farm is an unabashedly upbeat and jaunty pagan fable set against a lush rural 1930‘s landscape. Down on Aphrodite‘s farm, death and young love threaten to unravel a long held family secret, whilst bringing destiny full circle.
NZ 2008. Director/Screenplay: Jochen Fitzherbert Producers: Zane Holmes, Ashley Stuart Coupland. 11 mins
A gravity-defying love story. A stranger pursues a woman and in her attempt to escape him, she accidentally knocks herself out. After awakening, she finds that in every way, her world is upside down.
NZ 2007. Director: Paul Campion Producers: Jenn Scheer, Elisabeth Pinto. 5 mins
This sexually charged sci-fi drama comes straight out of the nightmares of Mary Shelley and explores the monster/master dichotomy. A beautiful take on genetic modification versus the creation of life straight from the primordial swamp.
NZ 2008. Director/Producer/Screenplay: Elliott McKee. 14 mins/DigiBeta
In 2004 Elliot was announced Top Scholar for Drama in the NZ Scholarship Awards. This is his first short film: a sumptuous and warm tragicomedy about a lonely man‘s unusual scheme to seek out company.