Homegrown: Works on Film

Director: Various
Year: 2006
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 71 mins
Censor Rating: R16

R16 content that may disturb

Only a handful of films each year get support from the New Zealand Film Commission to produce a 35mm screening print. Of this year’s lucky few, the Moving Image Centre programmers judged these six the best. This year’s selection is characterised by a boldness of vision in step with the tumult of the world beyond our shores. Films encompass dramatic themes of life, love, death and abandonment, but there is also scope for romance and forgiveness.

The Speaker
NZ 2005. Director: Tearepa Kahi Screenplay: Tearepa Kahi, Savage Producers: Quinton Hita, Tearepa Kahi, Savage. Fat Cap Films. Festivals: Berlin 2006. 14 mins
Tearepa Kahi is of Ngati Paoa descent and started out as an actor in Ma¯ori theatre before garnering accolades for his documentary and television work. His politically charged first film, The Speaker, follows a young tagger whose midnight marauding gets his younger brother in trouble with the cops.

Nature’s Way
NZ 2006. Director: Jane Shearer Screenplay: Jane Shearer, Steve Ayson Producer: Leanne Saunders. Severe Features. Festivals: Cannes 2006 (In Competition). 12 mins
Jane Shearer arrived at film directing via an award-winning career in advertising. She is currently developing a feature version of the successful short The French Doors with writing partner Steve Ayson. Nature’s Way is a dark exploration of the aftermath of a murder and New Zealand’s sole invited participant at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

We The Living
NZ 2006. Director/Screenplay: David Rittey Producer: Amanda Jenkins. AJ Films. 13 mins
David Rittey went to art school before studying film at the Victorian College of the Arts. His short film Closer screened at Cannes and was awarded Best Short at the 2005 NZ Film and TV Awards. We The Living is a sensitive exploration of the complex emotions that circle in the aftermath of loss.

Dead Letters
NZ 2006. Director/Screenplay: Paolo Rotondo Producers: Gemma Gracewood, Fraser Brown. Quarter Acre Pictures. 14 mins
Paolo Rotondo is well known as an actor with lead roles in Stickmen, The Ugly and Shortland Street. He has written and directed theatre and his short films include The Freezer. Blending fact and fiction to tell a story of wartime romance, Dead Letters is a bold and visually appealing period drama.

NZ 2005. Director/Screenplay/Choreography: Shona McCullagh Producer: Ashley Stuart Coupland. Rogue/Human Garden Productions. Festivals: Clermont Ferrand 2006. 13 mins
break is the third in a series of innovative dance films from internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer and filmmaker Shona McCullagh. break articulates the complexities of a disintegrating family relationship.

Chop Off
NZ 2006. Director/Screenplay/Producer: Grant Lahood. Granite Pictures. 5 mins
Grant Lahood has made eight short films, including The Singing Trophy and Lemming Aid, which both screened In Competition at Cannes. He has also written and directed two feature films – Chicken and Kombi Nation. Chop Off centres on an epic wood?chopping battle between young and old.