Beat of My Own Drum

Sometimes don’t you just want to switch off and rock out? Listen to some sweet beats and feel the rhythm? Welcome to a collection of short films that will lift your heart and tap your toes. It’s full of weirdos and misfits cutting loose on the dance floor, singing their hearts out, and expressing themselves through movement. With a bangin’ soundtrack to match.

Estimated total run time: 97 minutes.
RP16 Violence, cruelty, offensive language & suicide. Contact your cinema for details.

Maori Metal

Documentary, 18 mins, USA

Dir: David Freid

Prod: Emmy Gyori

The family that slays together, stays together. A documentary about the rising stars of Kiwi band Alien Weaponry.

My Friend Michael Jones

Drama, 15 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Ian Leaupepe, Samson Rambo

Writ/Prod: Eldon Booth

Prod: Alex Lovell

MJ is a teenage boy with OCD living in Ōtara, New Zealand. An inspiring story of friendship that connects Pasifika culture, LGBTQI awareness, overcoming bullying and anxiety disorder.


Dance, 15 mins, Spain

Dir/Writ/Prod: Juanjo Giménez

Writ: Pere Altimira

Prod: Daniel Villanueva, Arturo Méndiz

Luna and Diego are parking-lot security guards who meet once a day when the day shift and night shift change over. They begin an unusual romance when Luna discovers Diego’s secret.

Laugh it Off – Chelsea Jade

Music video, 4 mins, New Zealand

Dir: Alexander Gandar

Prod: Kate Moses

This music video for pop artist Chelsea Jade’s hit Laugh It Off takes us on a strange and beautiful night-time drive.

This is Bate Bola

Documentary, 16 mins, Brazil/USA/UK

Dir/Writ/Prod: Ben Holman, Neirin Jones

A love letter to Brazil, this film from the heart of Rio reveals a surreal carnival as neighbourhoods compete with bright costumes and energetic dance. This is the Rio Carnival that you have never seen before.


Drama, 7 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Lanita Ririnui, Trevor Solway, Shaandiin Tome

Prod: NATIVE Slam for Māoriland Film Festival

As Awa prepares for an anticipated Māori cultural performance at school, a tough decision must be made, weighing the importance of family.

Min Börda
(The Burden)

Animation, 14 mins, Sweden

Dir/Writ: Niki Lindroth von Bahr

Prod: Kalle Wettre

This award-winning animated musical provides a touching glimpse into the emptiness of the lives of telemarketers, fast food employees, a grocery stock boy and a hotel manager for the lonely.

Kai Tangata – Alien Weaponry

Music video, 7 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Prod: Piotr Kwasnik

Dir: Alex Hargreaves

Prod: Niel De Jong

This epic music video for thrash metal band Alien Weaponry features Māori warriors engaged in brutal hand-to-hand combat.


Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Mon 8 Oct

2:00 pm
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Wed 10 Oct

2:30 pm
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Sun 14 Oct

5:30 pm
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Christchurch – Alice

Thu 18 Oct

6:30 pm
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Tue 23 Oct

6:30 pm
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Colville – Colville Hall, Colville Rd

Sat 17 Nov

7:30 pm

Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Sat 5 Jan

7:30 pm

Wellington CBD – Light House Cuba

Sat 13 Oct

4:30 pm
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Mon 15 Oct

6:30 pm
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Sat 20 Oct

8:30 pm
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