Hush
Hush
Memory Foam
Memory Foam
Walk a Mile
Walk a Mile

Short Connections 

Aotearoa

Five new Kiwi shorts that all examine the different ways we connect (and disconnect) with each other. From cross-cultural relationships that develop in a surprising manner, to intimate relationships that have drifted apart, these films are linked by the ties that bind all of us together.

Jul 24
Sold Out

Academy Cinemas

79 minutes
M
violence, offensive language & drug references

Walk a Mile 2019

Director/Screenplay

Producers

Sarah Anne Dudley

Photography

Waka Attewell

Editor

Janine Frei

With

Jeffrey Thomas
,
Vili Asi
16 minutes

A grumpy old man hates living next door to a noisy family. All he wants is peace and quiet. That is until something happens to his neighbours. Judith Cowley’s moving Wellington-made short film shows how reaching out can break down barriers within communities.

Upstream 2019

Director/Producer

Screenplay

Adriana Martins da Silva
,
Leonel Alvarado

Photography

Miguel Robalo

Editor

Raquel França

With

Joana Brandão
,
Whirimako Black
20 minutes

An immigrant from Portugal develops a close friendship with her Māori neighbour while living in the Manawatu. A Portuguese transplant herself, Adriana Martins da Silva’s film offers a refreshing slant on Kiwi life from a foreign perspective and an elegant, understated portrait of female friendship.

Memory Foam 2019

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Elspeth Grant

Photography

Ryan Alexander Lloyd

Editor

Chia Hsu

With

Alison Bruce
,
Andrew Foster
15 minutes

A married middle-aged couple are shopping for a new bed, only to discover that their bed is not the only thing they have outgrown. Paloma Schneideman delivers an all too recognisable portrait of a fading relationship.

Hush 2019

Producer

Larisa Tiffin

Screenplay

Armağan Ballantyne
,
María Inés Manchego

Photography

María Inés Manchego

Editor

Dan Kircher

With

Margaret Sydenham
,
Anthony Crum
15 minutes

A young woman surprises her brother and friends when she suddenly returns to her small hometown with a secret. Made in collaboration with Toi Whakaari, Armağan Ballantyne’s film is alive to the rhythms of small-town life and the debilitating isolation of a shameful secret.

Biggie & Shrimp 2019

Director/Screenplay

Producer

Lissandra Leite

Photography

Žiga Zupančič

Editor

Julian Currin

With

Kawakawa Fox-Reo
,
Jay Kumar
13 minutes

A teen from a rundown housing estate puts his only true friendship at risk when peer-pressured to prove his masculinity. Harvey Hayes puts toxic masculinity under the lens as one teen struggles with his self-identity.