Mysterious landscapes and shadowy figures, both real and imagined, dominate these four impressively ominous short works by New Zealand filmmakers. Featuring films from SJ.Ramir, Gavin Hipkins, Colin Hodson and Tom O’Halloran.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2013
This latest video from Australia-based SJ.Ramir, leads us on a tentative journey down a deserted gravel road into a shadowy, metaphysical world.
Gavin Hipkins’ film observes the forgotten, portentous terrain of the rugged Waitakere Ranges as a man wanders physically and psychologically around an old system of dams built in the 20s.
In Colin Hodson’s frenetic short it isn’t the churning surf that threatens a young windsurfer who takes to the waves for the first time.
Tom O’Halloran’s Christchurch-shot, silent Super 8 film posits a dystopian nightmare in the earthquake-struck city. Featuring a man enslaved to a depressingly quotidian routine who is haunted by dark and disturbing images, O’Halloran’s film combines the malevolent and the mundane in a style reminiscent of the early works of David Lynch.