Remembering Tony Hiles

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Remembering Tony Hiles

Our sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Tony Hiles, who passed away on 6 February. Tony was the first man to support WIFT by becoming a member back in the day.

"Tony was always supportive of other filmmakers male and female, and he gave a first opportunity to many young people wanting a career in the industry," remembers WIFT member Robin Laing.

Tony's filmmaking career began in the mid-1960s when he documented US President Lyndon B Johnson's visit to New Zealand on film. He followed this with work in commercials and on television productions including Country Calendar and Good Day.

He set up independent production company, City Associates in the 1980s to focus on making social and arts documentaries, something he spent much of the rest of his career focusing on. In 1981 he shot a documentary about photographer Robin Morrison, From the Road, using video cameras which had not yet been tried in New Zealand.

He was named Best Director at the 1996 Film and TV Awards for Jack Brown Genius.

His documentary about Wellington architect Bill Toomath, Antonello and the Architect, screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival as did the decade-long series of films he made about artist Michael Smither. The last of these, Michael Smither 10, screened at the 2019 NZIFF.

(info and image source: New Zealand Film Commission)

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WIFTers feature in all winning Fresh Shorts teams

WIFTers feature in all winning Fresh Shorts teams

Posted Tuesday 16 Feb 2021

Six filmmaking teams have been selected for funding and we're thrilled to see there's at least one WIFT member in every team! We're very proud of you all! Each project receives a grant of $15,000 to make their short film.

The selected teams and their projects are below with WIFT members in bold.

Francesca Mackenzie (W/P) and Ahmed Osman (D). A twelve-year-old Somali refugee struggles to adjust to her new life as she and her mother resettle in New Zealand.

Ave Marie
Celestina Sumby (W/D), Francesca Carney (P) and Zelda Edwards (P). When Marie's bullied gender-bending brother takes on the local BMX gang and fights back, it is up to her, the Virgin Mary and dance to help bring peace to the neighbourhood.

Cradle & Grave
Malinna Liang (W), Tema Pua (D) and Phoebe Shum (P). Over one night of misadventures, a headstrong young woman must help her recently returned-from-the-dead mother cross over into the afterlife by doing the one thing they never managed in life: becoming a team.

Grae Meek (W/D) and Anna Canton (P). A transgender woman returns home for the first time since transitioning to see her parents and must contend with their anxiety and disapproval as well as her own trepidation and fears for this long-awaited dinner.

Kyrah Hetaraka (W/D) and Angela Cudd (P). A young Māori girl and her mother struggle to navigate the impending possibility of their separation, as a custody battle driven by racial bias will ultimately decide their fate.

Hweiling Ow (W/D) and Mia Maramara (P). A sexually frustrated young woman is desperate to persuade her human-sized vagina to play ball when she bumps into an ex-boyfriend.

Click here to read more about the teams