While short films are a fantastic medium in their own right, they can also be a staging ground for exploration of ideas bound for a feature-length treatment. In this edition of the Screening Room, we explore two shorts that have made this transition and one headed in that direction.
There’s no question that Kiwi short film makers punch above their weight on the global stage. We’re plucky, resourceful and have a strong tradition of oral story telling that goes back generations. This month we asked acclaimed Canadian-New Zealand documentary filmmaker Leanne Pooley for her take on our short films, and to pick some of her favourites. Here they are for your enjoyment.
Some of the best short films focus on the plight of one truly great character. They don’t need to be saving the world or falling into the greatest love story of all time. They might just be going about their day of auditions or trying to record an answer phone message that encapsulates their personality. Done well, this can be mesmerizing. In our latest Screening Room post, Kiwi filmmaker Allan George demonstrates the importance of identity with three truly great shorts.
Chris Scott of the Sweet Mix Kids helps us ring in NZ Music Month with three modern classics. With cinematic allusions, an animated thrill-ride, and sax notes to strum your heartstrings, these music videos highlight some of the unique kiwi audio and visual artists from the past two decades.
Revisit, or discover, some of the great work by New Zealand filmmaker Paul Swadel whose untimely passing is being mourned throughout the kiwi film industry. Mark Prebble, Show Me Shorts Festival Coordinator and a friend of Paul’s, shares three vibrant short films that offer a brief glimpse into Paul’s immense and diverse talent.
Good science fiction can extrapolate themes and trends and make us consider future possibilities in places we’ve never been before. Chris Philpott, manager of SKY TV’s sci-fi channel THE ZONE, shares three kiwi sci-fi shorts that more than make up for smaller budgets with intriguing stories and fascinating settings.
Film reviewer and presenter Francesca Rudkin discusses three films from this year’s festival. These beautifully crafted shorts tie in themes of familial love in the face of a wide range of adversity: from coming-to-terms with coming-of-age to inter-generational socio-economic issues to vertical discrimination.