New Zealand International Film Festival

New Zealand's Best 2019

27 JUL - 29 JUL 2019 — Film

About.

Company

New Zealand International Film Festival

Venue

ASB Waterfront Theatre

Duration

95 mins approx

Restrictions

M Sexual abuse themes, violence, offensive language & sexual content



Nancy From Now On
New Zealand 2019
20 minutes



A young man has a burning desire to be a drag queen.

"I liked this film for its light-handed yet authentic expression of alt-sexuality and the unforgettable charm of the lead." - Baley Poching

DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY
Keely Meechan

PRODUCER
Alesha Adhar

PHOTOGRAPHY
Titus Sutherland

EDITOR
Peter Anderson

WITH
Bailey Poching, Wilson Downes, Taungaroa Emile



Krystal
New Zealand 2018
14 minutes



A young woman is released from jail and goes straight to a party. Distinguishes itself through Briar Grace-Smith’s tenderly emotional eye on a young girl in fright. The world of her brother’s ‘cool’ friends feels credible, fun and alive, but not wise, not kind.

DIRECTOR
Briar Grace-Smith

PRODUCERS
Jaimee Poipoi, Rosie Jones

SCREENPLAY
Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu

PHOTOGRAPHY
Ginny Loane

EDITOR
Cushla Dillon

WITH
Darneen Christian, Kawakawa Fox-Reo



Egg Cup Requiem
New Zealand 2019
12 minutes



A collector reveals the story behind his lifelong obsession. This clever film builds a powerful and unexpected emotion, the likes of which felt new to me. There is not a wrong move in this exquisitely told portrait. It’s a bold, true and quietly brilliant achievement.

DIRECTORS
Prisca Bouchet, Nick Mayow

PHOTOGRAPHY
Prisca Bouchet

EDITOR
Nick Mayow



Golden Boy

New Zealand 2019
12 minutes

A day in the life of a young man with a desire to be noticed. I liked very much that Alex Plumb drew us into mysterious, existential territory, that he trusted the psyche over sense.

DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY/EDITOR
Alex Plumb

PRODUCERS
Alex Plumb, Gorjan Markovski

PHOTOGRAPHY
Eoin O’Liddigh

WITH
Jarred Blakiston



Our Father
New Zealand 2019
19 minutes



Two sisters are confronted by a dark history when their estranged father returns. I appreciated the subtle telling of this family drama, especially the standout central performance of the charismatic and conflicted elder sister played by Samara.

DIRECTOR
Esther Mauga

PRODUCER
Shani McLeod Bennett

PHOTOGRAPHY
Finn Bowman

EDITOR
River Ivatt

WITH
Samara Alofa, Leiataua ‘Ma’ Afega Si’ulepa, Foua Moimoi Kearns



Hinekura

New Zealand 2019
18 minutes



In 1600s Aotearoa a young woman prepares for her destiny by undergoing a sacred ritual. An irresistible tale of female empowerment told in a gloriously enchanted Māori world. It’s a super-heroine story about periods, fantastically alive and unforgettable. Makes me proud to be a woman.

DIRECTOR
Becs Arahanga

PRODUCERS
Sharlene George, Kathryn Akuhata-Brown

PHOTOGRAPHY
Simon Temple

EDITOR
Luke Evans

WITH
Amy Kahumako Rameka, Te Ohorere Reneti, Mere Boynton


Credits

Keely Meechan

Director

Briar Grace-Smith

Director

Prisca Bouchet

Director

Nick Mayow

Director

Alex Plumb

Director

Esther Mauga

Director

Becs Arahanga

Director