The best New Zealand short films of the year as selected by a panel of industry experts. This wide-ranging programme includes new work by Katie Wolfe, Dan Salmon, Zia Mandviwalla and the bold and provocative Manurewa.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2010
MIC Toi Rerehiko presents the 2010 programme of the best new NZ short films in Homegrown, now in its 14th year. From hard-hitting and topical through to light and whimsical, this year's selection will run the gamut of your emotions.
Our thanks go to this year's Homegrown selectors: Kathryn Bennett (Group Manager - Rialto Cinemas), Simon Marler (Executive Director - Script to Screen) and Deborah Lawler-Dormer (Executive Director - MIC Toi Rerehiko). The 2010 programme was coordinated by Paul Rose.
Manurewa is based on actual events which occurred one night in the South Auckland suburb in 2008. The film was self-funded by the filmmakers and shot on 35mm on location in Manurewa and features mostly non-actors. Manurewa sees the tragic death of a Sikh liquor store owner through the eyes of a multicultural community and provides insight into the workings of our emergency services. The film doesn't form its own conclusions, but asks a lot of questions.
Licked is about the power of children. Produced in association with the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission, it is the story of two nine-year-old girls who strike a deal with a creepy stranger for some ice cream money. Beautifully shot, Licked encapsulates a lazy summer day at the beach.
Choice Night is a lovingly crafted coming-of-age film. Shot on 16mm with handheld cameras, it tells the story of 15-year-old James, who has everything before him and choices to make. On the one hand, we have the girl of his dreams, and, on the other, his new rugby team mates who expect him to spend a night on the town.
A lonely Rwandan refugee tries to make sense of his new life in a country far away from his own. His neighbour, Jane, also lives an isolated life - her unstable mental health sees her living in squalor and disowned by her own family. At first, mutual prejudice exists between the two of them.
Redemption is a coming-of-age tale with a difference, a dark and tender story of two Māori teenagers trying to find their way through personal hells. This film os utterly tragic and hauntingly beautiful.
Careful with That Crossbow is the third in the 'Careful with...' series. A boy... a girl... and a crossbow.