What Lies That Way

Posted Monday 03 Jul 2017

What Lies That Way

Catherine Fitzgerald co-produced this heady combination of ethnography and lyrical expressionism, set in the spiritual world of the Lak people in the rainforests of southern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea.

What Lies That Way
New Zealand/?Papua New Guinea, 2017, 89 minutes, in Lak and Tok Pisin with English subtitles
Director/producer: Paul Wolffram
Co-producer: Catherine Fitzgerald

In a documentary exploration of altered states, ethnographer and filmmaker Paul Wolffram returns to the remote community in the island region above the mainland of Papua New Guinea where he once lived for two years - and where his hosts collaborated on his playful exploration of their ancestors' tales in Stori Tumbuna (2011). Now his ambition is to take his cultural understanding to a spiritual level: he is determined to undergo the dangerous initiation process into their Buai shaman cult.

In a remote area of the forest, the camera runs as the filmmaker is given magical substances harvested from nature and left to fast without food or water for four days and nights, alone in the bush. Few undergo the initiation nowadays and there's only one old sorcerer in the region with the experience and confidence to assist. "You won't die," he tells Wolffram, "but you will lose all strength."

Moving beyond ethnography, Wolffram orchestrates Luke Frater's stunning cinematography of rainforest and sea to an immersive sound design by Bernard Blackburn in order to impart his singular experience of psychic danger and creative epiphany.

Website: whatliesthatway.com

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The most exciting NZIFF line-up we've ever seen

Posted Monday 03 Jul 2017

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We're stoked to bring you this special NZIFF edition of e-news - because there's a power of good news in the items that follow.

Today's e-news highlights all the films at this year's New Zealand International Film Festival in which WIFT members played a key role: directing, producing, writing, acting, supervising. We don't think we've ever seen a NZIFF year where WIFT and women in general have been so strongly represented; nice one, Bill Gosden and the programming team!

In the listings that follow, in random order, we're highlighting the features and shorts of WIFT members. Their names and roles are in bold.

We also want to acknowledge all the unsung WIFT heroines and heroes who've worked on these films, and other films in the line-up. There are so many unseen yet vital roles in the making of a film, and you're all part of telling our stories that run the gamut from valuable to whimsical.

You know what we're going to say next - book your tickets, put on your scarf and hat, and head out to support your fellow filmmakers in the wonderful creative community we're part of. See you at the festival!