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Set Life's Dramas

94’

Avondale Dogs

New Zeland 1994 / 15’

director:Gregor Nicholas
screenplay:Gregor Nicholas, Jim Wilkins
cinematography:Ian Paul
cast:Damien Lay, Rhondda Findleton, Melinni Blake, Stephen Hall, Glynnis Paraha
producer:Stephanie Bauer
production:Gregor Nicholas, This Is It Productions
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
awards:Dresden FF 1995 - najlepszy film krótkometrażowy / Best Short Film, Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF 1994 - Interfilm Award - honorowe wyróżnienie / Honorable Mention
language:English, Maori

Avondale, 1965. A young boy grapples with something bigger than he realises: the love within himself.

Fog

New Zeland 2007 / 15’

director:Peter Salmon
screenplay:Nick Mayow
cinematography:Ginny Loane
music:Hermione Johnson
cast:Tina Cook, Joe Dekkers-Reihana, Jim Moriarty, Chelsie Preston-Crayford
producer:Rachel Gardiner
production:Maxim Films
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

A teenage boy hindered by his father's expectations escapes into thick fog with a girl and emerges a young but mature man.

O Tamaiti

New Zeland 1996 / 15’

director:Sima Urale
screenplay:Sima Urale
cinematography:Rewa Harré
cast:Charles Faamausili, Therese Fatu, Harry Wendt
producer:Kara Paewai
production:Paewai Productions, New Zealand Film Commission
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
awards:Venice IFF 1996 - najlepszy film krótkometrażowy / Best Short Film Venice, Chicago IFF 1996 - Silver Plaque
language:Samoan

O Tamaiti portrays the impressions of a young boy in a powerless adult dominated world. 11-year-old Tino must carry the weight of responsibilities, tending to the needs of his younger siblings with adult maturity.

Sure to Rise

New Zeland 1993 / 14’

director:Niki Caro
screenplay:Niki Caro
cinematography:Simon Raby
music:Michael Lowry, Chris Mathews
cast:Hester Joyce, Joel Tobeck
producer:Owen Hughes
production:Frame Up Films
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

While beach combing, April discovers an injured man and claims him as her own. She must keep him secret, and alive.

The Beach

New Zeland 1995 / 8’

director:Dorthe Scheffmann
screenplay:Frances Edmond
cinematography:Stuart Dryburgh
music:Keith Ballantyne
cast:Elizabeth Hawthorn, Donogh Rees, Bruce Hopkins
producer:Dorthe Scheffmann
production:This Is It Productions, Council of New Zealand
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

The story of two families who spend a day at the beach. The women's friendship is confirmed by a revealing incident of domestic abuse.

Truant

New Zeland 2005 / 15’

director:Michael Duignan
screenplay:Heather Menzies
producer:Rachel Gardner
production:Maxim Film, New Zealand Film Commission
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

Evan rides the bus all day instead of going to school. But when he gets off to follow Romy, she teaches him a lesson about life.

Watermark

New Zeland 2001 / 12’

director:Damon Fepulea'i
screenplay:Damon Fepulea'i, Savage
cinematography:Rhys Duncan
music:Alan Meharry, Jason Smith
cast:Branagh Dennison, Grant Hawke, Helena Ikitoelgi, Olivia Tennet
producer:Liz DiFiore
production:Godzone Pictures Ltd
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

Watermark tells the story of a young girl, and the sequence of events that occur when she goes fishing in a local mangrove swamp.