11 AM – 12:30 PM | RAUKAWA MARAE
Directed by Libby Hakaraia (Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Toa Rangatira and Te Ati Awa)
Hautoa Ma: The Rise of Māori Cinema places recent major films like The Dark Horse, Whale Rider, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, The Dead Lands, and the soon to be released Mahana in the wider historical context of Māori cinema. It asks how much the success of these films is due to the efforts of those who went before them and tries to answer the question of what is and what is not a Māori movie.
12:30 – 1:30 PM | THE CIVIC THEATRE | SCHOOLS ONLY EVENT
12:30 – 2:30 PM | RAUKAWA MARAE
Larry Parr (Ngāti Raukawa, Muaūpoko) is a longtime ‘mover and shaker’ in New Zealand’s screen industry, a man whose career has ridden the booms and busts of the business. For a period in the mid-1980s he was one of the most prolific producers New Zealand had yet seen, with a roster that ranged from Constance through teen movie Queen City Rocker, to mood piece Starlight Hotel. Parr has also been a scriptwriter, director and TV executive, and helped bring landmark Maori anthology series E Tipu e Rea to the screen.
At this special session we celebrate Parr’s contribution to film and particularly, Māori film over the past 25 years.
1:45 – 2:45 PM | THE CIVIC THEATRE | SCHOOLS ONLY EVENT
A SELECTION OF SHORT FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Directed by Nikki Si’ulepa
LITTLE GIRL’S WAR CRY
Directed by Erin Lau
MAAP MORDAK – SKIN DEEP
Directed by Dot West
THE TALE OF THE COCONUT
Directed by Marc Thümmler
Directed by Saman Hosseinpuor
6 – 7:15 PM | THE CIVIC THEATRE
8:30 – 10 PM | NGĀ PURAPURA
NZ FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE
Directed by Lee Tamahori (Ngati Porou)
Inspired by Witi Ihimaera novel Bulibasha, Mahana sees director Lee Tamahori making his first film on local soil since a very different family tale: 1994’s Once Were Warriors. Set in the 1960s, Mahana stars Temuera Morrison as a proud farming patriarch who makes it clear his family should have absolutely nothing to do with rival family the Poatas. Then romance enters the picture, and son Simeon sets out to find out how the feud first got started. The powerhouse Māori cast also includes Nancy Brunning and Jim Moriarty. Mahana debuts at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.
7:30 – 9 PM | THE CIVIC THEATRE
Directed by S.Q.S (Samoan)
Adam is a 22 year old New Zealand born Samoan guy who falls for Mary. On a ‘chance’ encounter he learns that Mary only wants to go out with a ‘real island guy’ – not a plastic one.
Adam realizes that to get rid of his ‘plastic’ ways and impress Mary, he’ll have to travel to Samoa and have his cousins teach him how to be a real island guy.
Three Wise Cousins is a feature length comedy, that will have you laughing from start to end; it’s a film unlike any other that will surprise you with it’s endless amount of ‘wisdom’.