Latest additions to NZOnScreen website

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Te Po Urirui
Awatea, a young warrior, is enraged when his lover Te Po, a high-born chief’s daughter, enters an arranged marriage. Retribution is swift and brutal. Set in the late 16th century and based on a Shakespeare sonnet (“my love is as a fever, longing still”), the storytelling of Te Po Uriuri is visceral, and suitably mythic in style. Rurus hoot; bloody patu gleam and bodies and the oily black of the night are vividly shot by Waka Attewell. Directed by Toby Mills and filmed in te reo, it was selected for the Hamburg International Film Festival.


Alex is a champion swimmer determined to win selection to the 1960 Commonwealth Games. She is a teenage high achiever, and the film deals with themes of intense rivalry, ambition, first love and the pressures of growing up. The film was adapted from Tessa Duder’s award-winning novel, which was the first in a quartet of Alex books. Lauren Jackson went on to a professional acting career, including film roles in The Tattooist and Perfect Creature. Alex was a co-production between NZ and Australia.

Ans Westra – Private Journeys, Public Signposts
Private Journeys / Public Signposts
turns the camera on photographer Ans Westra. Dutch emigree Westra has captured iconic images of New Zealanders since the late 1950s, expressively observing Aotearoa societal changes, particularly M?ori urban drift. This film explores her remarkable life and work, and includes commentary from family and friends, fellow photographers, and colleagues, as well as discussion of the Washday at the Pa controversy. Luit Bieringa, curator of Westra’s retrospective photo exhibition, directed the film, his first.

Sweet As
A documentary about music festival Sweetwaters. It follows the experiences of two groups: six teenagers (including actor Kate Elliott, then 17), and a group of thirty-somethings (many of them veterans of the eighties Sweetwaters festivals). The youngsters rave in the dance tent and the veterans argue there was more drinking and naked bodies back in the day. The documentary includes short clips of performers UB40, The Clean, Chris Knox, Stellar – and Elvis Costello, who drops the on-stage bomb that most of the artists haven’t been paid.

Trial Run
Rosemary Edmonds (Annie Whittle) is a photographer, mother and middle-distance runner. A project photographing the rare yellow-eyed penguin sends her to a remote Otago cottage. On arrival odd happenings become increasingly menacing. However Rosemary refuses to be intimidated. Events escalate, sending her running from her unknown assailant to the phone box for help in the race of her life. Bird-watching, stranger danger and feminist film theory line up for a time trial in Melanie Read’s first feature.

People: full profile

John Laing
After working at the National Film Unit, the BBC and Canada’s National Film Board, John Laing made his feature film debut as a director with Arthur Allan Thomas drama Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1980). Since then he has directed another six features, and many television shows and tele-movies. Laing has also produced for both Outrageous Fortune and Mercy Peak.

Don Reynolds

Tangata Whenua, A State of Siege, Utu, Smash Palace, The Quiet Earth, Illustrious Energy … The resume of soundman-turned-producer Don Reynolds covers the modern renaissance of New Zealand film.

People: short profile
Keisha Castle-Hughes, Maurice Gee, Anne Kennedy, Kirsty Cameron, Murray Milne, Victoria Kelly, Donald Duncan, Elizabeth McRae, Simon Raby, Peter Elliott, Kelly Johnson, Philippa Boyens, David Harry Baldock, Roger Hall

Screentalk interviews
Larry Parr

Annie Collins

Tony Hiles

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