WIFT Members Rock K'Rd

Posted Monday 23 Nov 2015

K Rd Stories - a collection of 10 short web films about Auckland's iconic Karangahape Road, premiering on December 3rd is chocka block with WIFT members and of the 10 films in the series, five are written and directed by women! It was also a naturally achieved a 50/50 split - no quotas required. They were just after the 10 best films.

WIFT members involved:

Morgan Leigh Stewart

Hazel Gibson

Leela Menon

Nikki Si'ulepa

Jane Warren

Roseanne Liang

Amy Barber

K Rd Stories cracks open the surface of life on Karangahape Road, revealing diverse cultures and unique voices. K Rd Stories sneaks a peek at the people and places that make this neighbourhood so infamous - and so beloved. This project allows these often marginalised voices to speak; using cinematic craft, online media, and a live event in a new approach to digital storytelling.

Creative director James Solomon together with executive producers Hazel Gibson and Morgan Leigh Stewart have gathered some of Auckland's top and emerging filmmakers to show us a slice of their version of K' Road. NZ On Air has helped make this possible through their Digital Media Ignite Fund, along with the project's production partners Images and Sound, The Foley Room and Halcyon Digital.

The location inspired Creative Director James Solomon:  "We are representing a place that is culturally significant to so many New Zealanders - at a time that may in fact be the end of an era."

"The calibre of talent that we have assembled for this project is astounding. Filmmakers from all stages of their careers have come together to tell their stories of a place that has such a special connection to so many" says Executive Producer Morgan Leigh Stewart.

The team felt that the timing was right: "There's a lot of change happening on K' Road at the moment, so it's a really good time to do to a project like this. A snapshot of K' Road how it is now, a time capsule" says Executive Producer Hazel Gibson.

The ten films will premiere at venues along Karangahape Road on Thursday 3rd December in conjunction with First Thursdays with support from Iconicity and the K Road Business Association.


All 10 films will be available online from 9am, Tuesday 8 December at www.krdstories.com