WIFTers at the helm in the NZIFF

Posted Tuesday 03 Jul 2018

Support your fellow WIFTers and come along to their fabulous films! Here are the six feature films with WIFTers at the helm, in one way or another:

Dancing With Atoms

Produced, written and directed by Shirley Horrocks

Shirley Horrocks delivers an invaluable survey of the work and legacy of one of our most exceptional scientists and public figures, Sir Paul Callaghan, physicist, science communicator, entrepreneur and 2011 New Zealander of the year.

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Merata: how mum decolonised the screen

Produced by Chelsea Winstanley

Merata Mita, pioneering M?ori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film, is celebrated by her youngest son, archivist Heperi Mita, collaborating with his siblings to deliver a richly personal portrait.



Producer by Desray Armstrong

Production manager Alana Henderson

Locked away in a prison of his own making, Jack one evening encounters Grace, very far from home and seeking refuge. These lonely, enigmatic strangers drift into a relationship that promises to either heal or hurt.


Directed by Rebecca Tansley

Producer Rebecca Tansley, Robin Laing
Music supervisor Jan Hellriegel (Aeroplane Music)

The world premiere of this elegant new film that takes us backstage at the Royal New Zealand Ballet as a brilliantly theatrical European interpretation of a New Zealand classic re-enters the culture that inspired it.

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She Shears

Producer Ainsley Gardiner

When a Kiwi girl sets her heart on becoming a shearer there's not a lot that's going to stop her, as the five women profiled in this lively doco happily testify. Introducing two legendary shearers - and three in the making - as they head for black-shirt glory at the Golden Shears. IMAGE /RebeccaMcMillanPhotography


Producer Anna Duckworth

A low-level crim uses an ancient time-travel device to pull off heists and save himself from the past and the future in this wild mash-up of parochial Kiwi comedy/time travel/crime/thriller.

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