The Memory Booth
The Memory Booth
Tumanako Springs
Tumanako Springs
The Butcher's Wife
The Butcher's Wife

Screened as part of NZIFF 2007

Homegrown: Works on Video 

73 minutes

Continuing a local cinematic trend of maverick filmmaking comes this year’s selection of works on video. With many first-time directors represented, it is not surprising that this year’s programme lenses a view that is thoroughly in tune with the digital age. These charming and superbly crafted six films will challenge your concepts of traditional filmmaking. Works on Video features strong dramatic tendencies, along with western, horror and documentary all bound by an experimental streak that delivers unexpected twists and turns with an irreverent ease.

The Memory Booth 2006

Director, Producer, Screenplay

12 minutes

Steven Chow is an established commercial editor, having worked for DNA films, Universal and Channel 4. Memory Booth is a beautifully shot experimental drama about a young man coming to terms with a harrowing childhood memory.

The Garden of Love 2006

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Murray Keane, Fiona Samuel
14 minutes

Fiona Samuel trained at the New Zealand Drama School. She first worked as an actor before achieving success as a writer for theatre and television, picking up numerous awards and accolades, including Best Drama for Overnight and Home Movie at the New Zealand Film and Television Awards. The Garden of Love zones in on a night of youthful hedonism with its cocktail of sex, love and drugs climaxing with unexpected results.

Splitting Up 2006

Director, Screenplay, Producer

11 minutes

Rajendra Patel stumbled into film after working on Lars von Trier's The Kingdom. He has since spent ten years in the industry working in television and feature films. Splitting Up is his first short film and been selected for festivals in Berlin, Santiago & Barcelona. It is an experimental dual-screen work that explores a crisis of identity.

The Butcher’s Wife 2006

Director, Screenplay, Producer

11 minutes

Kylie J Plunkett is a successful Australia-based New Zealand filmmaker whose daring and award-winning work has featured at the Melbourne International Film Festival. The Butcher’s Wife is a disturbing short documentary about one woman’s reaction to years of domestic violence.

Fish ’n Chip Shop 2007

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Angela Thomas, Stephen Lovatt
10 minutes

Kirsten Green has a diploma in Graphic Art and Design from Whitecliffe Art School. She has worked as a freelance camera assistant on feature films, television, documentaries and music video. Fish ’n Chip Shop is an urban love story about a young girl bound by the confines of the family run business.

Tumanako Springs 2007

Director

Producer

David Slade

Screenplay

Francis Glenday, Dave Slade
15 minutes

Francis Glenday is a film graduate of Waikato Polytechnic. He has subsequently set up as a freelance editor, gaining credits for television and feature films, including Radar's Timor Odyssey, and War Tourist – Christmas in Bethlehem. Tumanako Springs is a fusion of western and horror genres, set in a Northland gum-digging town, circa 1880.