Films by Country

Aotearoa New Zealand

Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts

Luit Bieringa

Ans Westra, whose photographs of New Zealanders constitute a uniquely expressive record of who we are and have been, contemplates her career with amusement and gratitude.

Bad Blood

Mike Newell

We revisit British director Mike Newell’s 1982 dramatisation of the 12-day manhunt for mass-murderer Stanley Graham on New Zealand's remote West Coast.

Departure and Return

Claudia Pond Eyley

Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior is commemorated 20 years on at Matauri Bay and filmed by director Claudia Pond Eyley who traces the history of the ship and its campaigners.

Homegrown: Works on Film

Love, death and abandonment characterise this year's batch of shorts on film, presented by the Moving Image Center.

Homegrown: Works on Video

Selected from over 150 submissions, this year's video programme offers an exciting blend of action, animation and comedy with a distinctly offbeat sensibility.

The Last Resort

Errol Wright, Abi King-Jones

The theme of Paradise Lost gets a local twist in this documentary about foreign ownership of New Zealand land and infrastructure by filmmakers Abi King-Jones and Errol Wright.


Barry Barclay

The great Barry Barclay’s landmark feature film centred on a Māori community in the 1940s.

No More Heroes

Andrew Moore

A loving and bittersweet tribute to the asphalt desperadoes of Aotearoa in the 70s who took skateboarding from a fun pursuit into a full blown national phenomenon.


Merata Mita

We present Merata Mita's incendiary documentary on the 1981 Springbok tour protests – a landmark in New Zealand film history.

Squeegee Bandit

Sándor Lau

Sandor Lau’s energetic documentary portrait of South-Auckland car-windscreen cleaner Starfish, who pounces with the speed and grace of a tiger.

Struggle No More

Costa Botes

A kiwi cultural institution for as long as the Film Festival, Rick Bryant and the Windy City Strugglers finally get their close-up in Costa Botes’ funny, affectionate musical documentary.

The Waimate Conspiracy

Stefen Harris

This good humoured, deeply fanciful mock documentary about a land claim has a distinctively Cantabrian flavour.


The Diaries of Chinese International Students in New Zealand

Li Tao

Absorbing documentary about four Chinese students at New Zealand high school provides a rich and finely nuanced portrayal of cultural displacement.