Yalitza Aparicio and the fascinating history of non-professional actors

Posted Friday 15 Feb 2019

Non-professional actors are in the spotlight after the surprise nomination of non-professional indigenous woman Yalitza Aparicio for this year's best actress Oscar for her role as a domestic servant in Alfonso Cuar�n's critically acclaimed Roma. Professor Catherine O'Rawe, the University of Bristol's Professor of Italian Film and Culture (how's that for a job?!) gives insights on the treatment of non-professional actors by directors and the industry and what becomes of them. If Aparicio wins, she will be the first indigenous Latina Oscar winner and will join the small number of non-professional actors to win an Oscar in recent times, a number which includes New Zealand actress Anna Paquin for her role in The Piano (1993).

Yalitza Aparicio
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2019 Maoriland Film Festival programme is out now

Posted Friday 15 Feb 2019

The 2019 MFF programme is out now and it features a strong line up of films by women. More than half the programmed directors are female, celebrating a diversity that Hollywood is often criticised for lacking. The festival includes the southern hemisphere premiere of the celebrated film Vai, on which many Wifters worked, and The Grave Digger of Kapu directed by Libby Hakaraia.  
Indigenous films from the United States, Canada, Northern Europe, Iran and more will feature over the five-day festival and with many of the filmmakers planning to travel to ?taki to present their films, festival attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet and mingle with the storytellers and hear about their experiences directly.

The M?oriland Film Festival takes place in ?taki between 20 - 24 March, 2019.