New Zealand films… I went to see Fantail the other day. Why do we make such bleak, depressing films! It is a beautifully shot and acted film but finishes with such a hopeless future. My friend was commenting that she wonders how the world stage views New Zealand? I wonder if it is Hobbiton and Hovelton – think Vigil, Once Were Warriors, Fantail, Boy
SYNOPSIS of Fantail
Service station worker Tania (Sophie Henderson) is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman who identifies as Māori, working to take her little bro Pi to Surfer’s to find their Dad. But flitting Pi causes plans to go awry. Directed by Curtis Vowell (his debut) the script was adapted by Henderson from her theatre monologue, and shot in 20 days via the NZFC’s low budget Escalator scheme. The twist on the Hine-nui-te-po myth was a breakout hit of the 2013 NZ Film Festival. NZ Herald critic Dominic Corry raved: “one of the freshest New Zealand films to come along in years”.
Tonight I am going to Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s new vampire comedy What We Do in The Shadows. As it is billed as a comedy I’m looking forward to some vampire fun. will keep you posted….have a good weekend, FG