A collection of abstract, dream-like short films that capture diversity in Kiwi experience and challenge familiar concepts of national identity.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2010
A compendium of abstract, dream-like short films that capture diversity in Kiwi experience and challenge familiar concepts of national identity, Quarters is a four-part collaboration amongst four directors who all come from a background of live performance design as students at Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School. Jessica Sanderson’s Our House reanimates the latent memories of a family home that is being left for the last time. Rowan Pierce’s Bethankit focuses on the traditions and rituals of Scottish culture: through distance and time these practices take on arcane, even surreal, qualities. The Depth of Place by Ian Hammond unearths faintly grasped images of childhood, while memories of a distant past become tangible in Richard Larsen’s On the Shore of a Frozen Sea. Also screening on this programme is Alyx Duncan’s Appetite, which reimagines the mythic creation of New Zealand in a bustling sushi bar. — MM