Set in a rural Maori community in the Hokianga region of Northland in Aotearoa (New Zealand), The Strength of Water is the story of Maori twins Kimi and Melody, who are forced apart when a mysterious stranger arrives in their small town.
The film features Nancy Brunning (Crooked Earth, When Loves Comes) and a cast of locals. The project was developed at the Sundance and Binger workshops.
Kiwi-Fijian director Toa Fraser’s second feature premiered at the Toronto Film Festival with a big cast, strong audience reception and generally positive reviews.
Fraser’s sophomore effort is located far from the South Pacific, where his first feature, No. 2 (released overseas as Naming Number Two), dealt with Pacific immigrants in contemporary urban Auckland.
Dean Spanley is a period piece based on the novel My Talks With Dean Spanley by Lord Dunsany. Set in Edwardian England, the film stars Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown and Peter O’Toole.
Paramount acquired Australian and NZ distribution rights.
Rave reviews for Fijian director’s second film
Kiwi-Fijian director Toa Fraser’s latest film ‘Dean Spanley’ has premiered to a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival.
New Zealand director Toa Fraser’s Dean Spanley overcomes an uncertain and sketchy opening section to register as a moving and visually wondrous evocation of magic and imagination.
It’s simple and lollipop sweet, but it’s not an Oscar-caliber movie and it’s unlikely to survive the long knives of those sour critics who save up their bloodlust for flicks like this.
Indigenous film pioneer Barry Barclay (Ngati Apa) was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the first World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference on 28 March 08, five weeks after his death in Aotearoa.
Barclay was posthumously awarded the inaugural Te Puni Kokiri Lifetime Achievement Award for Indigenous Television Broadcasting, Te Rerenga Tahi. His daughter Belynda, son Matt and partner Heather accepted the award on his behalf.
Maori TV’s Jim Mather said, “Barry Barclay sought to shed light on the international struggles shared by Indigenous peoples to retain autonomy over their own image by offering alternatives to the largely stereotypical representations of these cultures.”
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Kathmandu 5 – 8 June 08
Submission deadline: 25 April 08
The Indigenous Peoples of Nepal invite producers, filmmakers and organizations interested in indigenous films and issues to the Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival 08 …
We invite you to share our cultures, experiences and worldviews through the films …
As a country of various indigenous nationalities, we expect to learn from the indigenous films and filmmakers from all over the world so that we could create a synergy among all indigenous people for the preservation and promotion of their invaluable cultural heritages, customs, arts, traditional knowledge, cultural identity and political rights.”