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Meet Nic Marshall: The Big Kid Putting Together NZIFF’s All Ages Programme
Nic Marshall

Every year NZIFF showcases a series of All Ages films for the whole family to enjoy. There’s documentaries for discerning teens and tweens, animated shorts for the teeny tinies, and boundless movie magic, nostalgia and mayhem packed into a concise programme of viewing for mums, dads, grandparents and their smaller companions to enjoy.

Big kid at heart-cum-programmer Nic Marshall, always at the helm of the all ages ship, shares some highlights from this year’s wonderfully whimsical, thought-provoking series of films:

What can our young and young-at-heart audiences look forward to in this year’s All Ages programme of films?

NZIFF once again offers artistically distinct, thought-provoking, engaging and culturally diverse new features and animated short film collections for the next generation of film fans, including two terrific documentary films, Science Fair and Liyana.

What’s extra special about this year’s programme?

My favourite part of the NZIFF year is sharing the Animation for Kids collections of short films in our most glorious cinema venues. These shorts, from all over the big wide world, are always particularly close to my heart – it’s terrific to see which films resonate with a full theatre and to share the audience reaction with the filmmakers.  

Animation for

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Meet Stephen Gallagher: composer and music producer on She Shears
Stephen Gallagher

Wellington-based composer Stephen Gallagher took a moment to answer a few questions ahead of the world premiere of his latest film industry project, She Shears, on 1 August.

What was your official role on She Shears?

I composed and produced the original music for the film’s score. I also made the tea. Working on Jack’s film has been a joy. He and producers Georgina Conder, Ainsley Gardiner and editor Gretchen Peterson have been brilliant to collaborate with.

Tell us about a few of your biggest achievements.

 At 11 years old, I read The Hobbit for the first time. I would have never, in my wildest imagination, have guessed that some years later I would be writing and recording the music for the song ‘Blunt The Knives’  to be used in the movie adaptation and watched by millions of people worldwide. That entire experience was surreal.

Tell us a bit about the process of composing the music for She Shears and how the score evolved.

I started by recording a range of musical and non-musical sources and sending Jack material to review. The early stages of composing, when you and the director are working out the sound world of the score,

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Bill Gosden takes RNZ's Simon Morris on a tour through the programme
I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story

NZIFF Director Bill Gosden and Radio New Zealand film critic Simon Morris got together for their annual chat about the highlights of the NZIFF programme.

Bill divides the NZIFF programme of more than 150 carefully selected feature films, documentaries and shorts programmes into several manageable themes and discusses select films within each.

Read more below, or to hear the full interview, tune into Simon’s ‘Standing Room Only’ radio show on Sunday 1 July. You can also listen to it online on the Radio New Zealand website.

Auckland 50th Anniversary Titles

To celebrate 50 years of NZIFF in Auckland, a special programme of films from half a century of NZIFF will be screened in cinemas around the city, culminating with Buster Keaton’s The General, which will be accompanied by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Film discussed: Wings of Desire.

Animation NOW!

This international festival of animated shorts is coming to Auckland for one weekend only from Friday 10 August and will screen six programmes of shorts handpicked by animation expert Malcolm Turner.

Films discussed: Animation NOW! festival

Cannes

A prize collection of 30 highly anticipated Cannes films will premiere to New Zealand audiences during NZIFF. These are some of the best new

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New Zealand’s Best 2018 Finalists Announced
Run Rabbit

Six short films have been selected by Leon Narbey as finalists for our annual New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition. 

The finalists will compete for a total of three prizes, with winners to be announced at the closing night event of the Auckland leg of NZIFF.

The six finalists are Charmer (dir: Judah Finnigan), Falling Up (dir: Chelsie Preston Crayford), My Friend Michael Jones (dir: Ian Leaupepe, Samson Rambo), No Shame (dir: Brendan Donovan), Run Rabbit (dir: Robyn Paterson), and Sail Away (dir: Ella Becroft, Tama Jarman).

“I was given an excellent cluster of films, each so different with their social concerns and visual poetry triggering emotions and making observations about us. Choosing the best six was an extremely hard decision,” says Leon Narbey.

Audiences at the New Zealand’s Best screenings in Auckland and Wellington will be asked to vote for their favourite short. The Audience Award winner takes away a 25% share of the box office takings from the New Zealand's Best screenings in the four main centres. In 2017 this prize was valued at $4,500.

Madman Entertainment will again support the title award, the Madman Entertainment Best Short Film Award. The cash prize of $5,000 is donated by

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Thursday 31 May 2018

Celebrating New Zealand Filmmakers
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

As we prepare to undertake the scheduling of NZIFF 2018, we take a moment to celebrate our homegrown filmmakers by adding a further five films to our Early Announcements.

New Zealand stories are represented on screen with the world premiere tribute to pioneering Māori female filmmaker Merata Mita, New Zealander of the year and scientist Paul Callaghan, sword fighting championships, through to personal journeys of troubled upbringings that include frank conversations about sexual abuse, and suicide.

NZIFF has worked long and hard to provide this platform for striking work made within our own shores and we salute the filmmakers and their commitment to putting New Zealand and New Zealanders on screen.

World premiere: Angie

Director: Costa Botes

Angie Meiklejohn, prominent and articulate Centrepoint survivor, is joined by her siblings in this lucid exploration of the legacy of sexual abuse, directed without a hint of sensationalism by Costa Botes. 

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World premiere: Bludgeon

Directors/Producers: Ryan Heron, Andy Deere 

The armour is heavy and the stakes are high in this warm-hearted and charmingly offbeat documentary about a group of modern knights competing to represent New Zealand in the brutal sport of ‘medieval combat’.

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