Homegrown: Flights of Fantasy

Huhu Attack!
Junk
Meniscus
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A diverse and eclectic programme of videos that defy genre while evoking otherworldly experiences.

Year: 2011
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 68 mins
Censor Rating: R13 - horror scenes, adult themes, low level offensive language
Genres: Animation, Drama

MIC Toi Rerehiko presents a diverse and eclectic programme of videos that defy genre and experiment with technique and storytelling while evoking otherworldly experiences. Miriam Harris, senior lecturer, Design and Visual Arts at Unitec Institute of Technology and Deborah Lawler-Dormer at MIC Toi Rerehiko have selected this programme.

Meniscus
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NZ 2010. Director/Producer: Maria-Elena Doyle. 8 mins
Meniscus is Maria-Elena Doyle’s second film. Inspired by Hone Tuwhare’s poem ‘No Ordinary Sun’, this film draws on live-action dance, compositing and 3D animation.

Disquiet
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NZ 2011. Director: SJ. Ramir. 8 mins
Ramir is a widely exhibited NZ video artist and filmmaker based in Melbourne. Disquiet uses the movement of an anonymous figure through remote environments to evoke metaphysical journeying.

Junk
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UK/NZ 2011. Director: Kirk Henry Producer: Lydia Russell. 7 mins
NZ film director Kirk Hendry is based in London. Produced at the London animation studio th1ng with support from the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Junk pushes the silhouette film – one of the oldest film forms – to new heights of drama and realism using the latest technology while still retaining a handmade charm. Nominated for Best Short Film at the British Animation Awards.

The Master
PG
adult themes
NZ 2010. Director: Gavin Hipkins. 6 mins
The Master is the first film directed by internationally celebrated NZ artist Gavin Hipkins. This poetic experimental narrative film negotiates the phenomenon of the ‘Christ Trip’ and associated youthful quest for martyrdom against the backdrop of a contemporary art school. Shot in grainy black and white Super 16mm film and based on Oscar Wilde’s poem in prose from 1894, this film references the classical avant-garde.

Last Flight
PG
low level offensive language
NZ 2010. Director: Damon Keen. 15 mins
Damon Keen has worked on numerous multimedia projects over the last 30 years. Last Flight is based on a comic he created for New Ground magazine and is the culmination of two and a half years of work in his spare time. A lone astronaut, 200 million kilometres from home, her base destroyed and her oxygen dwindling, begins a perilous trek across the windswept deserts of Mars.

Chrysalis
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NZ 2010. Director/Producer: Paul Kim. 4 mins
Chrysalis is a filmic poem that engages with conventions of the traditional Korean poetic genre, sijo. The result is an enigmatic contemplation on lost identity.

Every Moment (Is a Miracle)
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NZ 2011. Director: Mardo El-Noor. 5 mins
Mardo El-Noor’s surreal animation works have featured in the last two years of Homegrown. Mardo is a German-born, Jordanian-raised Kiwi who is an illustrator, filmmaker and musician. In this captivating journey through an imaginary world, landscapes and architecture tell a story of love and loss.

Huhu Attack!
R13
horror scenes
NZ 2011. Director: Patrick Gillies Producers: Patrick Gillies, Melissa Dodds Festivals: Clermont-Ferrand 2011. 15 mins
Beginning his career in television news, Patrick Gillies has gone on to make ten short films, two independent feature films and three television comedies. Huhu Attack! was shot in Christchurch and features a spectacular musical score performed by the NZSO. Baz Luhrmann meets Peter Jackson in this audacious 50s-style comedy-horror-musical extravaganza.