November 07 2017

The much acclaimed New Zealand feature WARU is now screening in New Zealand cinemas. 

Official selection at Imaginative Film Festival (Canada), Toronto International Film Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival and New Zealand International Film Festival this film has been called "the best NZ drama in decades".

A sisterhood of Māori female directors bravely share their insights into the complexity of child abuse, in a sequence of eight short films that seamlessly become one.
At the centre of their stories is Waru, a boy killed at the hands of a caregiver. His tangi, set on a small rural marae, is the centrepiece of the film, but there is an underlying disturbance of heavy themes touching on culture, custom and shame.

We're proud to have Katie Wolfe, Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu, Roimata Fox and Antonio Te Maioha involved in this masterpiece film. View the trailer HERE

Cool Story Bro!

November 01 2017

UNDER THE BRIDGE, a short film by Cool Story Bro Films has come top of the Auckland heats of the 2017 48 Hour Film Competition.

Audience reviews have been relentlessly positive:

"A young boy befriends a homeless man. This was genuinely beautiful. You don't generally see shorts like this without a New Zealand Film Commission logo at the start, playing before some lovely feature at the NZIFF".

"Clever premise and well directed. The acting was spot on and the cinematography was gorgeous. The ending could've been really sappy, but it wasn't - it was poignant and truthful. Great film!"

"Must admit I shed a bit of a tear on this one. Not often you see an emotional story told well during the 48 hours. I'm a fan".

The film will now compete against all the other regional finalists (and Peter Jacksons wild card selections) in the National Grand Final, 11 November 2017, Civic Theatre. Good luck guys!

The Pretend One

October 10 2017

Australian independent feature film THE PRETEND ONE get a five star review from Cinema Australia:

“Who would have thought one of the most beautiful, heartfelt, emotional and complex on-screen relationships in Australian film history would be between an adult woman and her imaginary friend.”

The film-makers describe the film as:

This is the heart-warming tale of a young female farmer and her imaginary friend. He's been by her side for twenty years and counting. Now, as he watches her fall for another man - a real man - it dawns on him: he is in love with her.  Unable to face losing her, he must fight to become real himself.

THE PRETEND ONE features our Benedict Wall and is due for release 2018. See more HERE.

Kiwi Christmas the Movie

October 04 2017

Watch out New Zealand Santa is coming!

KIWI CHRISTMAS the movie will be here well in time for the holiday season, when this family friendly flick about Santa crashes on our shores 30 November.

Featuring Auckland Actors Laura Daniel, Wesley Dowdell and Chelsea McEwan Millar, the movie is the brainchild of Tony Simpson, who created 2012's Nelson-shot trolly derby family tale Kiwi Flyer.

You can view the trailer HERE.

Waru at the Toronto International Film Festival

September 08 2017

New Zealand feature film WARU has been selected to premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TiFF).

Anthology film WARU was written and directed by nine Māori women, including director Katie Wolfe and writer Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu. It's international premiere will be in the Discovery section of the festival.

WARU features AA actors Antonio Te Maioha and Roimata Fox.

We're super proud of all our people involved in this film, which is going from strength to strength. 

Waru to open imagineNATIVE 2017

September 04 2017

Waru has been named to open the 2017 imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, the world’s largest presenter of indigenous screen content.

ImagineNATIVE is an Indigenous-run organisation based in Toronto with an international reach.

WARU follows the lives of eight Māori women all connected by a single heart-breaking event - the loss of a young child. Each vignette follows one of the eight lead characters during the same moment in time as they each experience feelings of love, sadness, togetherness, confusion and understanding.

The anthology feature was made by Māori women filmmakers including our Katie Wolfe and Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, and features AAers Roimata Fox and Antonio Te Maioha.

The future of Auckland Film Studios decided

August 23 2017

Auckland Film Studios Ltd (AFS) in Henderson will remain a cornerstone of our region’s screen production proposition – both domestically and internationally – for the short-to-medium term, while other new sound stages come on stream in Auckland.

Read about it here.

6 Days at NZIFF

July 31 2017

6 Days has its world premiere at the NZIFF this Friday, with all 3 screenings already sold out.

The film is directed by New Zealander Toa Fraser, and tells the true story of what happened when six heavily armed gunmen invaded the Iranian embassy in London in April 1980. With 26 people held hostage, the ordeal lasted for six nail-biting days as police, politicians and military wrestled over the best way to neutralise the threat.

Starring Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish, 6 Days also features Auckland Actors' Andrew Gainger.

"There’s a very real moral struggle… I don’t really think of the movie in terms of heroes and villains." - Toa Fraser

You can watch the trailer HERE.

The Changeover

July 04 2017

THE CHANGEOVER plays in cinemas from 28 September 2017.

Based on the popular Margaret Mahy novel, this youing adult supernatural film is sure to be as unsettling as it is exciting.

Starring our Lucy Lawless and Ella Edward.

Catch the trailer HERE.

48 Hour Film Competition 2017

July 04 2017

The 48hr Film Comp kicks off again this August, with early bird registration closing 11 July.

So hurry up and think of that awesome team name and enter your team!

5 of the best team names as decided by ad guru Brent Smart will get a full refund on their registration!

Important dates below:

10 July                 Early Bird registration ends
11 July                 Full Registration opens
22 August            Registrations Close
25 August            Shoot Begins
27 August            Shoot ends/Hand-in
29 August            City Heats Start
TBC September  City Finals
11 November       Grand Final

Register HERE now.

And for more info see HERE.
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