You'll Find Solace Here

Posted Friday 24 Apr 2015

WIFT member Clare O'Leary recently received the Big Idea's 2015 Digital Artist in Residence award.  Clare is set to explore her ideas in The Solace Initiative with a group of creative practitioners working alongside hospice workers.

Clare is a documentary filmmaker who also works as an educator in a hospice. She wants to create dialogue and debate around the idea of solace. She
would love filmmakers to engage with the project so click on the link below to find out more.

Clare can be contacted at:

The Solace Initiative

The Doco Bug




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The Ground We Won Screenings

Posted Friday 24 Apr 2015

If you couldn't make the premiere in Auckland here is your opportunity to see this revealing slice of rural life in New Zealand.  WIFT member Miriam Smith (along with Chris  Pryor) have once again come up with a great documentary worth getting to the cinema for - it needs to be seen on a big screen ideally as it looks stunning. See below the screenings for The Ground We Won... grab your tickets today and check out the fabulous review just in from Lumiere Reader, below...

NZ International Film Festival 'Autumn Events' screenings...

- 6pm, Saturday 2 May, Embassy Wellington.

- 6.15pm, Sunday 3 May, Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch

Tickets available from

6.30pm, Wednesday 6 May, Rialto New Market - Filmmaker Q&A screening (with Miriam Smith & Chris Pryor) at Rialto New Market -

- In cinemas nationwide from 7 May.

For more information about the film and to see the trailer -

Check out this review just in... "In just two documentary films, Christopher Pryor and Miriam Smith have managed the miraculous accomplishment of asserting a strong authorial voice while allowing their subjects to take centre stage and guide the movie. Their immersive, engaged working method first produced 2012's How Far Is Heaven, taking us to Jerusalem (or Hiruharama, depending on your point of view) to spend time with elderly Pakeha nuns and imaginative Maori children. While a strong debut, their new film, The Ground We Won, eclipses both their earlier effort and any New Zealand film you can name from last year's reputed bumper crop. The confidence they've gained as filmmakers is clear from the outset, allowing us to get to know the rugby club of Reporoa in the same immersive manner that they themselves worked, following the professional farmers and amateur athletes for a year in a disarmingly intimate fashion. Balancing humour, gorgeous black and white photography, and sporting drama with a quiet undercurrent of despair, The Ground We Won is an indispensable statement of Kiwi identity, and the rare film whose essential modesty makes the strong case for its immediate inclusion in the New Zealand canon - not just of great documentaries, but of great films. - Doug Dillaman, Lumiere Reader