Celebrating NZIFF's 2015 Aotearoa Programme

Posted Tuesday 23 Jun 2015

WIFT members Shirley Horrocks, Robin Greenberg and Christina Milligan have had their films Tom Who? The Enigma of Tom Kreisler, Return of the Free China Junk and The Price of Peace chosen for this year's selection of New Zealand films in the NZIFF. 

NZIFF has worked long and hard to provide this platform for striking work made right here and it is a salute to the filmmakers and their commitment to putting New Zealand and New Zealanders on screen.

Tom Who? The Enigma of Tom Kreisler
Directed by Shirley Horrocks | 73 min | World Premiere
Shirley Horrocks' doco sheds new light on the life and art of Tom Kreisler, a 20th-century New Zealand painter with scant interest in landscape but a strong affinity with Mexican traditions and the wit and verve of Pop Art.

Return of the Free China Junk
Director/Producer: Robin Greenberg | 96 mins | World Premiere
A historic wooden Chinese sailing junk that crossed the Pacific in 1955 makes an even more improbable return journey after the family of its original sailors campaign to save it from the scrapheap and bring it home.

The Price of Peace
Directed by Kim Webby Producer: Christina Milligan | 87 mins | World Premiere
Kim Webby's background in investigative journalism is put to riveting use in this documentary about Tame Iti and the Urewera Four, taking a criminal case of national interest to explore a greater social issue.

Check out the other feature-length films here...

Act of Kindness
Directed by Costa Botes and Sven Pannell | 81 mins | World Premiere
Charting the ripple effects of real compassion, this inspiring true story follows a spirited young New Zealander's search for the Rwandan samaritan who assisted him through a dangerous predicament over ten years before. 

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
Director/Screenplay: David Stubbs | 88 mins | World Premiere
This impressive doco disperses the fog of shame and sensationalism to shed light on the tragedy that made international headlines in 2007 when a young Wainuiomata woman died during a m?kutu lifting.

Crossing Rachmaninoff
Directed by Rebecca Tansley | 79 mins | World Premiere
A winning portrait of Italian-born Auckland concert pianist Flavio Villani as he returns like the prodigal son to Italy for his concert debut, scaling one of the summits of the Romantic repertoire.

Director/Screenplay: Jason Lei Howden | 90 mins
Two metalheads unleash a satanic riff that opens the gates of hell in this blood-splattered, heavy shredding comedy-horror. The winner of the Make My Horror Movie competition hits home shores after wowing audiences overseas. 

Ever the Land
Director/Photography: Sarah Grohnert | 90 mins | World Premiere
Observing the planning and construction of New Zealand's first 'living building', Te Wharehou o T?hoe, Sarah Grohnert draws on images of incredible beauty to portray the profound connection between Ng?i T?hoe and the land.

Out of the Mist: An Alternate History of New Zealand Cinema
Director/Screenplay: Tim Wong | 80 mins | World Premiere
Tim Wong's elegantly assembled and illustrated film essay contemplates the prevailing image of our national cinema while privileging some of the images and image-makers displaced by the popular view of filmmaking in New Zealand.

Philip Dadson: Sonics from Scratch
Directors/Producers: Simon Ogston, Orlando Stewart | 80 mins | World Premiere
As deeply fascinated by the conceptual as the biographical, this comprehensive portrait of one of our great experimental artists is essential viewing for anyone with even a passing interest in New Zealand art and music.

Place Unmaking
Curated by Janine Randerson and Mark Williams | 95 mins approx.
New Zealand artists are often called upon to engage in 'place-making' projects. These 11 works find contemporary cracks and crevices in the heroic landscape tradition.