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With unique access to high-ranking candidate Helen Clark, award-winning filmmaker Gaylene Preston casts a wry eye on proceedings as the United Nations chooses a new Secretary General.

Her cameras explore the cracks between the diplomats, the embedded press and feminist activists as they push for change while caught up in a power process as secretive and patriarchal as the selection of the Pope.

An observational documentary, MY YEAR WITH HELEN travels alongside Clark as she works on global development issues as head of the UNDP while also campaigning for SG and staying in daily contact with her 94-year-old father back in New Zealand.

My Year With Helen will be a part of the upcoming New Zealand International Film Festival – click here for more information.


An upcoming feature documentary about the band Herbs in the context of music as social activism. Written and directed by Tearapa Kahi (Poi E: The Story of Our Song, Mt Zion), produced by Reikura Kahi, Cliff Curtis.

A cinema feature film by Māori psychologist/filmmaker Paora Joseph, director of Tātarakihi: Children of Parihaka, MĀUI’S HOOK is a raw, compelling road trip of loss, forgiveness and redemption.

Starring Niwa Whatuira (Dark Horse, The Rehearsal) and newcomer Hera Foley, the film is executive produced by Quinton Hita and produced by Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble for Kura Productions Ltd, funded by Te Rau Matatini’s Waka Hourua Community Fund Maori Community Suicide Prevention Strategy, Te Puni Kōkiri, Māori Television, TSB Community Grants, Te Hurihanga Trust and NZ Film Commission.

Hostage to his own pain, Tama, a disturbed young man, travels the destructive road of no return as five grieving families, broken by suicide, struggle with the painful loss of a loved one.

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Now in its 15th year, the national weekend competition of HP48Hours is set for August 25-27, 2017. Filmmaking teams have to write, shoot, edit and score a short film from one to five minutes duration. The intensity begins at 7pm on Friday August 25 and doesn’t let up until the final deadline at 7pm on Sunday August 27.

Filmmakers don’t know what genre (thriller/romance etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the weekend and there are several required elements. In previous years that has been a line of dialogue, a prop or a camera move. The random elements for 2017 are at present under wraps.

The focus for this year is risk-taking – Competition owner Ant Timpson is offering an additional $1000 cash prize for innovation and risk-taking. To keep people on their toes there may also be a few changes to the rules.

The appeal of the Competition is widespread: entrants include school groups, film professionals, actors and comedians as well as teams of mates looking to have a crazy weekend doing a project together. Last year, 550 teams entered in seven regions. Each region has a City Final in September, from which the best are selected to compete in the Grand Final in Auckland on November 11. A panel of international judges decides the winners, who are in line for $100k in cash & services in the prize pool.


An invitation-only list of movie lovers who are invited to occasional exclusive word-of-mouth previews of films promoted by Kiriata Publicity that are personal favourites of Sue May.

Sue’s List is a targeted-demographic Email Database as well as a (smaller) Facebook Group:


Sue’s List screenings held so far:

  • Hidden Figures
  • Rules Don’t Apply
  • Demolition
  • Neerja
  • The Descendants
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Monuments Men
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Enough Said
  • The Drop
  • Birdman
  • Wild
  • 5 Flights Up
  • Eddie The Eagle

Kiriata has served as a unit publicist on:

  • My Year With Helen by Gaylene Preston
  • Herbs Documentary by Tearepa Kahi
  • Maui’s Hook by Paora Joseph
  • Into The Rainbow for Libertine Pictures
  • 6 Days for General Film Corporation
  • Mahana for Jump Productions
  • Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1 for Renaissance Pictures
  • The Dead Lands for General Film Corporation
  • Hope and Wire for Gaylene Preston Productions
  • Mt. Zion for Kura Productions
  • Mr Pip for Jump Productions