Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2015

Congratulations to long time WIFT member and past President, Catherine Fitzgerald who along with writer and director Tusi Tamasese (The Orator) started principal photography on their new collaboration  One Thousand Ropes in Wellington on November 9. We wish them all the best for a smooth shoot and hope Wellington's pesky wind settles down for any outdoor scenes.

A powerful character drama, One Thousand Ropes is an emotional story about Maea a Samoan father reconnecting with his daughter Ilisa. Maea, a former middle weight boxer, uses his hands to massage pregnant women and to knead bread at a bakery: he is gifted in both arts. Despite these talents, he was once a volatile man. Now older, Maea navigates the push and pull of connections to the land, people, past and destiny. His daughter's timely arrival has a lasting effect on both of their lives.

The film stars a talented local cast including Frankie Adams (Shortland Street) in her feature film debut, Uelese Petaia (Sons for the Return Home), Beulah Koale (Last Saint, Shortland Street), Sima Urale (Apron Strings), Ene Petaia (Sione's Wedding) and Anapela Polataivao (Night Shift, The Market).  They star alongside some fantastic new discoveries.

One Thousand Ropes is the second feature together for Tamasese (director and writer) and Catherine Fitzgerald (producer).


Tamasese comments "I am very honoured to be working with such a generous and experienced crew, many of whom we worked with on The Orator and with an exciting cast."

Tamasese's first feature film The Orator premiered at the Venice Film Festival 2011 and achieved international and local acclaim. It was New Zealand's first-ever entry into the best foreign-language film category for the Academy Awards and was celebrated on the international circuit including Sundance and Berlin film festivals.

One Thousand Ropes is a Blueskin Films production in association with the New Zealand Film Commission and Fulcrum Media Finance.

Next Up...

Film submissions for 2016 OZ events are now open

Posted Tuesday 10 Nov 2015

Time to get that submission into the Melbourne and Sydney film festivals 2016.


The deadlines and details for Sydney can be accessed here: for full eligibility criteria and submission details. DEADLINE: Friday 26 February 2016



Please carefully read their Submissions Regulations and  Frequently Asked Questions for information on film submissions for 2016.

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Feedback from festival filmmaker guests who were part of MIFF 2015

"Once again we would like to thank you for a wonderful festival. It was a real privilege and pleasure to have Another Country world premiere with MIFF. We couldn't have wished for better screenings or greater support of the film. Mr Gulpilil revelled in the fuss that was made of him." -Molly Reynolds and Rolf de Heer (Another Country)

"Katherine and I wanted to write and thank you and the entire MIFF team for finding a place for Stories at MIFF this year. It was so fantastic for us get the chance to show it to home crowds on a big screen. It was very special to hear audiences responding and laughing during the screenings. Congrats on a great festival, we were really honoured to be a part of it." - Rita Walsh and Katherine Slattery (Stories I Want To Tell You in Person)

"Thanks for having me in Melbourne. I really enjoyed myself and felt people were very into the movie." - Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth)

"I couldn't have wished for a more fabulous premiere then at MIFF." - Nicole Ma (Putupurri and the Rainmakers)

"The whole night was an absolute buzz and I appreciate very much all you did to make it happen. You are great leaders of an amazing team." -John Moore (Putuparri and the Rainmakers)