Posted Monday 16 Jan 2023
Congratulations to producer Sharlene George of Sweetshop & Green! If.com.au reports that George’s gothic thriller Mārama is one of 17 official selections for this year’s Berlinale Coproduction Market.
London-based writer/director Taratoa Stappard’s debut feature script follows a young Māori woman in 1859 as she is summoned from New Zealand to North Yorkshire. Once there, she uncovers the horrific truth of her colonial heritage and seeks to destroy the titled Englishman who has devastated her family.
The concept has already received BFI Early Development Funding and was selected for the imagineNATIVE 2020 Indigenous Screenwriting Intensive.
A total of 33 film projects from 26 countries will be presented to coproduction and financing partners at the market, which will take place 18-22 February 2023.