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Sony Pictures NZ – A feature film from Mt Zion writer/director Tearepa Kahi, tells the story of musician Dalvanius Prime and the iconic No 1 song “Poi E” by the Patea Maori club.

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Poi E is now available on DVD in stores, online from Mighty Ape, and iTunes.

Hidden Figures

20th Century Fox NZ – The incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson— brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of the astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.

Hidden Figures is in NZ cinemas on 16th February, 2017.

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Wallace Foundation – Aucklanders had a one-off opportunity to see DESPERATE REMEDIES, the New Zealand film from 1992 that remains unmatched for its flamboyantly sexy love-triangle melodrama and gloriously over-the-top interpretation of colonial New Zealand style.

The film, which has not been seen in cinemas for over 20 years, has been fully restored and re-mastered and was “re-premiered” at the Civic on November 28, 2016.

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The Māori screen production organisation, Ngā Aho Whakaari, celebrates 20 years of operation with a two-day hui and the inaugural Māori Screen Gala Ball & Awards.

Named TE POU IHIIHI –  A moment to stabilize, to gather around something solid, look back and look forward, the hui will be at Waipapa Marae at Auckland University, on October 7 & 8. The hui will feature international and local guest speakers, interactive workshops, a pitching competition with a $5000 prize and the launch of the Ngā Aho Whakaari “Short Films Project”.

The inaugural Māori Screen Gala Ball & Awards on Saturday October 8 at the Stamford Plaza Hotel is a black-tie red carpet event with celebrity guests and the presentation of eight key awards to honour success in the screen industry.

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Two Brothers – For fourteen years 48HOURS has officially been NZ’s largest Guerrilla filmmaking competition! There is nothing quite like it.

Simply put, filmmaking teams have just one weekend to make a short film.

Filmmakers don’t know what genre (thriller/romance etc.) they will be shooting until the start of the competition. All creativity: writing, shooting, editing and adding a musical soundtrack, must occur within the 48 hour window beginning Friday evening at 7pm and ending Sunday at 7pm. To add to the mayhem, they must also include some random elements.

The HP48HOURS national guerilla filmmaking competition challenges teams to write, shoot, edit and score a film of up to five minutes duration over a single 48-hour period. This year the competition received 550 entries in seven regions, backed for the first time this year by HP, a company known as the real power behind the film industry.

In previous years they have included lines of dialogue, props, characters and special camera moves. In 2016 – who knows? A few days later, the completed films are all screened in heats to an eager audience. The best films are selected by judges to compete in the City finals. Then the Judges select the best of the best and along with Peter Jackson’s Wildcards, compete in a massive Grand Final offering fabulous prizes and glory.

HP 48HOURS is a serious challenge for both first time filmmakers through to experienced directors.

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20th Century Fox NZ – Oscar-winner Warren Beatty’s unique artistic vision propels this smart, entertaining comedy described by USA Today as “a breezy affair that hits a retro sweet spot.”

 It’s Hollywood, 1958. An aspiring actress and her ambitious driver struggle with the absurd eccentricities of the billionaire movie mogul Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty), for whom they work.

Small town beauty queen Marla Mabrey (Lily Collins), arrives in Los Angeles, under contract to Hughes. At the airport, she meets her driver Frank Forbes (Alden Ehrenreich). Their instant attraction defies Hughes’ No 1 rule: no romance between employees.

This unconventional comedy offers a window into the often surreal realm of Hughes the unpredictable yet genius recluse, while wrestling with the moral code of the times. As Marla and Frank are drawn deeper into this bizarre world, their values are challenged and their lives are changed.

Rules Don’t Apply is in NZ cinemas on 27th April, 2017.

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20th Century Fox NZ – “In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”

Logan is in NZ cinemas from March 2nd, 2017.

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Mika Haka Foundation annual diversity and social change arts festival. Includes Aroha17 Film Festival, Aroha17 All Stars Gala Fundraiser, Aroha17 NYC House Party, and Aroha17 Double Bill Dance Season.

 

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The Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards (nicknamed Moas) were presented on Saturday February 18 in a glittering yet irreverent ceremony at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds.

At times it was a roller-coaster of emotions for nominees as popular favourites cemented wins while other leading contenders were pipped at the post, but in the end a charmer about a boy in the bush took home the most Moas.

Topping off a stellar year of blockbuster box office and critical acclaim, Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople took a total of 7 awards: Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor (Julian Dennison), Supporting actor (Sam Neill), Supporting Actress (Rima Te Wiata) and Visual Effects.

Waititi says: “I never get tired of acknowledgement. Knowing there’s an audience and an appreciation for my work motivates me to do more, to push myself further. It’s a huge honor to be in the same category with (Lee Tamahori) and Alison (Maclean). I’ve always looked up to them and to now stand alongside them is very cool. Obviously filmmaking is a collaborative affair so I share this honour with the cast, crew, and producers of the film, especially Carthew (Neal), who has now established himself as one of New Zealand’s greatest producers. Seeing how many great films are included in the awards this year is very positive, it’s an exciting time to be making movies. Our stories have a unique point of view that is now being appreciated around the world, and that makes me very proud to be a New Zealand filmmaker.”

Sam Neill was also there to present the Services to Cinema Award to old friend and collaborator Gaylene Preston for her outstanding contributions to New Zealand film.

The Ground We Won, a beautifully observed study of provincial rugby, for which Miriam Smith and Chris Pryor took home Best Documentary and Documentary Cinematography in the most contested category of this year’s awards.

Best actress was awarded to Miriama McDowell for her role in the Best Self-Funded film winner The Great Maiden’s Blush, while Angela Bloomfield took home Best Short Film Actress in the self-directed short Linda’s List. Madam Black, the globally acclaimed short continued its historic awards run by scooping up Best Short.

Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, T2: Trainspotting), was on hand to celebrate kiwi film and was the special guest presenter in a line-up that included Sam Neill, Zac Wallace, James Rolleston, Zoe Bell and many others.

Amy Street

Bella Pacific Media – In a world where the self called ‘Life Stylers’ are sometimes labelled by their disability,  Amy Street turns the spotlight on the people instead of the label.

Taking a real look at the colourful lives of the residents, and  their larger than life personalities.

Each of the eight films focuses on the different residents of Amy Street and explores their hopes, dreams, challenges and relationships as they navigate a complex world.

Watch all eight short films here: bit.ly/AmyStreet