Roseanne Liang Film Festival in Wellington

Posted Tuesday 03 Feb 2015

This week Nga Taonga Sound and Vision have two films by our

own WIFT member Roseanne Liang. Just in time for Valentine's Day

My Wedding and Other Secrets


NZ, 2011, 84 mins, PG - Adult themes, director Roseanne Liang

A Romeo and Juliet story with a Kiwi-Asian twist,  My Wedding and Other Secrets

is a romantic comedic journey through a cultural minefield, navigating the divide

between the traditional values of immigrant parents and the contemporary aspirations

of their children in a new land.

Part of the  Love Stories season.


7pm Friday 13 & Saturday 14 February

4.30m Saturday 14 February


Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St

$8 / $6

And see where it all started.....

Banana in a Nutshell


NZ, 2005, 55 mins, PG -

Exempt, director Roseanne Liang


Banana in a Nutshell is the original documentary which would inspire the romantic comedy My Wedding And Other Secrets six years later.


Growing up in New Zealand, director Roseanne Liang was your average overachieving daughter-of-immigrants. She excelled in piano, ballet and drama, as well as becoming valedictorian of her school. She did everything her parents expected of her, until:


1) she fell in love with a white boy called stephen, and


2) turned the camera on what happened next.


Part of the  Love Stories season, Banana in a Nutshell will be playing continuously in the TV Lounge during open hours - just ask our friendly cafe staff to start the film from the beginning for you.



Screening continuously during  open hours, February 9-14


TV Lounge, Ng? Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St

Free admission



Next Up...

Festival Success for NZ Films

Posted Tuesday 03 Feb 2015

We're the little country that can at the moment - whether it's an indie hit or a co pro  New Zealand films are in the spotlight evidenced by The Dark Horse, Slow West and Turbo Kid all making a splash at international festivals recently.

The Dark Horse beat 159 other films to win the Audience Award at the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam.  It also won the Festival's  Youth Jury Prize. Written and directed by James Napier Robertson and produced by Tom Hern, The Dark Horse is an inspiring true story based on the life of little-known New Zealand speed-chess champion Genesis Potini, played by Cliff Curtis (Once Were WarriorsWhale Rider). These wins continue the film's outstanding performance both in New Zealand and overseas.

The Dark Horse was supported by the New Zealand Film Commission, Arama Pictures, Southern Light Films, NZ On Air and the New Zealand Government's Screen Production Incentive Fund with financing by Fulcrum Media Finance. It was released in New Zealand by Transmission Films on 31 July 2014. World sales are being handled by Seville International.

At the Sundance Film Festival, Slow West won the World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic.  A UK/New Zealand co-production, Slow West was written and directed by John Maclean and produced for New Zealand by Rachel Gardner for See-Saw Films and for the UK by DMC Film. Set at the end of the nineteenth century, the film follows the journey across the American frontier of young Jay Cavendish who is searching for the woman he loves. Along the way, he is joined by Silas, a mysterious traveller, and hotly pursued by an outlaw. Filmed mainly on location in the MacKenzie country of the South Island of New Zealand, the film stars Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn and Kodi Smit-McPhee.   The film held its World Premiere at Sundance.

Slow West was made with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission and Film 4. World sales for the film are being handled by Hanway Films.  A24 and DirecTV have bought all US rights for the film.

Turbo Kid, which also premiered at Sundance, has been generating a lot of buzz with it being named one of the top films to screen at the US festival. Written and directed by Canada's Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell, and produced by Ant Timpson and Tim Riley for New Zealand and Benoit Beaulieu and Anne-Marie G�linas for Canada, Turbo Kid is an official Canada/New Zealand co-production. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the film is a BMX-powered, blood-splattered love story that follows the epic journey of an orphaned outcast reluctant to be a hero in the wasteland of an alternate future.

Turbo Kid is financed by Telefilm Canada, the New Zealand Film Commission, the Quebec Provincial Tax Credit Program, the Canadian Tax Credit Program and Alchemy 24, and collaborators Cinepool, Departement Camera and Curious Films.  The film will be distributed in Canada by Raven Banner and in Quebec by Filmoption International. Epic Picture Group is representing world sales outside of Australia, New Zealand and Canada at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.