Films by Collection

Staff Picks: Michael McDonnell

Being a programmer for NZIFF I'm lucky enough to have seen a good portion of the selection already. A lot of my picks were my favourites from Berlin earlier this year. Standouts include the nail-biting Georgian political thriller Hostages and the wry Indian satire Newton, plus Brazilian whatsit Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl! which is as wacky and wild as its title. There is a brace of hot new titles from SE Asia; teen thriller Bad Genius from Thailand and the feminist revenge 'western' Marlina the Murderer from Indonesia. The epic Bangkok Nites, made in SE Asia by a Japanese director, is a stylish and stirring discovery, while Tony Conrad delivers a fun and carefree portrait of a great artist/musician who deserves to be better known. Finally I'm looking forward to catching up on a number of Cannes titles including The Square, A Gentle Creature, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Faces Places.

Bill Direen: A Memory of Others

Simon Ogston

Filmmaker Simon Ogston hits the road with NZ writer, poet, indie rocker Bill Direen as he explores the cultural landscape and presents a series of strikingly diverse live performances.


Luke Korem

Winner of an Audience Award at SXSW, this fascinating feel-good doco introduces us to blind card magician Richard Turner, who learns a few new tricks as he comes to terms with visual impairment.


Amit V. Masurkar

In this wry tragicomedy, a rookie government clerk finds himself entrusted with a task that appears deceptively simple: collecting 76 votes in a remote village in the jungle of central India.

Wind River

Taylor Sheridan

Rookie FBI agent Elizabeth Olsen teams with her Avengers co-star Jeremy Renner to investigate a mysterious death on an Indian reservation in this atmospheric western thriller directed by gun screenwriter Taylor Sheridan.