He Tangata

An old Maori proverb asks:

He aha te mea nui o te ao? (What is the most important thing in the world?)

He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. (It is the people, it is the people, it is the people.)

This selection of short films brings together interesting people from Aotearoa and abroad. We meet Kiwis Anna, Stevo, Chelsea Jade and a group of flatmates re-shuffling their living arrangements. Journey from the snowy mountains of Kyrgyzstan, via an animated train, through war-torn landscapes, to a bathtub in Germany where three brothers are comically re-united.

Estimated total run time: 96 minutes.
Rated M for offensive language.

Chelsea Jade – Low Brow

Music video, 4 mins, NZ

Dir: Alexander Gandar

Prod: Billie Ruck

A bold rendition of Chelsea Jade’s pop banger ‘Low Brow’ performed by the artist with her unique visual style and presence.


Documentary, 15 mins, NZ

Dir/Prod: Heather Hayward

Prod: Lesley Parker, Michelle Savill

Stevo lives his life between Wellington city where he works as a security guard, and his home in the Urewera forests. He bridges the two worlds with the help of traditional Māori trade and barter.


Drama, 14 mins, Kyrgyzstan (NZ premiere)

Dir/Writ/Prod: Elnura Osmonalieva

Prod: Charlotte Rabate

The breathtaking beauty of Kyrgyzstan’s snowy mountains are only just eclipsed by the powerful performances in this gentle tale of a girl forced into an arranged marriage.


Drama, 20 mins, Kosovo (NZ premiere)

Dir/Writ: Daniel Mulloy

Prod: Chris Watling, Scott O’Donnell, Tim Nash, Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti

As thousands of refugees attempt to get into Europe, a comfortable English family sets out on what appears to be a holiday…


Drama, 12 mins, NZ

Dir/Writ: Leon Wadham, Eli Kent

Prod: Molly O’Shea, Ruby Reihana-Wilson

In the wake of a painful break-up a group of friends band together to help the former couple move out of their old room.


Drama, 9 mins, NZ (NZ premiere)

Dir/Writ: Harriett Maire

Prod: Phoebe Jeurissen

Anna is a young woman on the Autism spectrum. When someone takes her seat on the bus, she must cope with this unexpected change in her routine.

Une Tete Disparait (The Head Vanishes)

Animation, 10 mins, France (NZ premiere)

Dir/Writ/Prod: Franck Dion

Prod: Richard Van Den Boom, Julie Roy

Jacqueline is an elderly woman who has lost her mind a bit, but whatever, she has decided to take a train trip to the seaside by herself.

Die Badewanne (The Bathtub)

Comedy, 13 mins, Germany (NZ premiere)

Dir/Writ/Prod: Tim Ellrich

Writ: Dominik Huber

Three brothers try to dive back into their idealised past through an old family picture of them in a bathtub.


Auckland CBD – Academy Cinemas

Mon 3 Oct

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Christchurch – Alice Cinematheque

Tue 1 Nov

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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Wed 23 Nov


Wellington CBD – Embassy Theatre

Fri 14 Oct

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