Tupaia's Endeavour makes landfall on Maori TV

Posted Sunday 23 Jul 2017

Tupaias Endeavour

Lala Rolls's three-part mini-series Tupaia's Endeavour is about to screen over three weeks on Maori TV - and it uses some unconventional techniques to ask the question, "Without Tupaia, would Captain Cook have survived his first Pacific voyage?"

Six years in the making, Tupaia's Endeavour will debut on Sunday 30 July at 3pm, and continue on the two subsequent Sundays. It was shot in Tahiti, New Zealand and the UK. (Jan Beiringa and Viv Winter were also key to the project.)

Artist Michel Tuffery, actor Kirk Torrance and anthropologist Paora Tapsell uncover Tupaia, the Tahitian who accompanied Lt. James Cook on his first Pacific voyage. In doing so, they reveal our New Zealand; a nation seeded from Ra'iatea, Tahiti and forged under a British flag.

The award-winning documentary film from director/producer/editor Lala Rolls features interviews and re-enactments - but also breaks the fourth wall, revealing their preparation and using Michel's art to build the picture.It allows viewers to accompany Kirk, Michel and the people of Tai Rawhiti (Gisborne region) on their own voyage of discovery.

Tupaia, a 52-minute French-language version, premiered at Tahiti's International Film Festival, FIFO, in 2016 and won an International Jury prize. Tupaia's Endeavour - Te Ha Cut, a two-hour special, premiered in Gisborne in October 2016. An international feature-film version is at rough cut, and Lala is seeking funding to finish it.

Dame Anne Salmond (also a key interviewee), says: "The film is extraordinary. I love the way that Ma?ori and Tahitian voices give their own, unmediated accounts of what happened when the Endeavour arrived in Tahiti and New Zealand. They confront the violence and cross-purposes involved in those meetings with grace and humour, as well as anger and sorrow. So important for the country and internationally as well."

Lala says, "We would love to hear your thoughts, have discussions and answer questions. We made this film to create conversations - so let's talk."

Head on over to their Facebook page to see a few teasers and behind-the-scenes info. Roll on Sunday!

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Much WIFT success in NZOA July funding round

Posted Sunday 23 Jul 2017

Big round of applause to WIFT members Notable Pictures, Screentime New Zealand, Great Southern Television, Attitude Pictures, Diva Productions, Greenstone TV, Cabrikaan Productions and A C Productions...

They've all just received funding to tell a wide range of Kiwi stories, in NZ On Air's first funding round under the NZ Media Fund's Factual stream.

We're also pleased to note that in the Scripted stream, a heartening 12 new dramas received development funding this round - that's a power of new work coming through. On the production front, congratulations to South Pacific Pictures, who received funding in the Scripted stream.

NZ On Air's NZ Media Fund, which came into being on 1 July this year, invests in public media for many audiences on a range of platforms. The first funding round has just been decided, the first time NZ On Air has considered television, radio and online projects on a level playing field.

Factual content supported in this round covers topics as diverse as popular music, history, politics, health, natural history, te ao M?ori and stories from the fringes of society.

Content supported in this round will be available on a variety of mainstream and specialist platforms.

Check out full details of the Factual projects and Scripted projects funded in the July round.