3. Let’s Get Physical

We are made to move. The short films in this collection are vibrant — pulsating with the energy of music, dance and sporting prowess. The stories are populated with reluctant boxers, overly competitive tennis players, a much-loved dance teacher, several fabulous drag queens and some super-ripped Ukrainians pumping iron. Something for every taste.

Total length: 85 minutes
Rating: M Violence, offensive language & cruelty

My Father The Mover


Documentary, 13 mins, United States

Dir/Writ: Julia Jansch
Prod: Mandilakhe Yengo, Sheila Nevins
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Alatha’s father is ‘The Mover’ — a dance teacher who helps kids in the South African township of Khayelitsha to transcend their hardship and “find their superpowers”. Despite helping many kids, The Mover still has difficulty getting his own daughter to find her powers, but in a tender moment together this is about to change.


The Match

Drama, 16 mins, Finland

Dir/Writ/Prod: Pia Andell

Two middle-aged women face off in a tense and riveting game of tennis. Their competitive attitudes transform the match into an extreme sport.


Pain


Drama, 9 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ: Anna Rose Duckworth
Prod: Ilai Amar

The story of a young girl’s earth-shattering realisation that her father is not invincible after a cricket accident exposes his vulnerability. This leads her to question who her father is while struggling to grasp the concept of pain, both inside and out.


The Van


Drama, 15 mins, France/Albania

Dir/Writ: Erenik Beqiri
Prod: Olivier Berlemont, Émilie Dubois, Ermir Keta, Amantia Peza

The van finally stops, the doors open and Ben comes out alive. A few more fights and he will be able to pay his way out of Albania, and hopefully take his father with him.


Hit Me Where It Hurts by Alae

Music video, 5 mins, New Zealand

Dir: Charlotte Evans, Alexander Gander, Chris Graham, Greg Page, Petra Cibilich
Prod: Mikee Carpinter
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

Heartbreak is tragic and nuanced. It can catch you in times of solitude and in public. It can make you want to scream, it can make you want to cry, and it can make you want to sing. This beautifully crafted music video brings together five of New Zealand’s best music video directors.


Her Beneath Her

Documentary, 15 mins, New Zealand

Dir/Writ/Prod: Connor Slattery, Samantha Crews
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

In the world of drag, an art form dedicated to celebrating femininity, female-identifying queens are not regarded as equals. This film documents the experiences of three ‘hyper queens’ and the challenges they face finding acceptance as women in a male-dominated industry.


Kachalka


Documentary, 10 mins, Ireland

Dir: Gar O’Rourke
Prod: Ken Wardrop
Special message from the filmmaker(s)

A journey into the heart of the world’s most hardcore gym — Kiev’s enormous open-air ‘Kachalka’ gym. This observational documentary takes us through the enormous scrap-metal site, allowing a glimpse of the workouts of various local gym-goers along the way.


Screenings

Auckland Central – Rialto Cinemas Newmarket

Mon 5 Oct

6:00 PM
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Fri 9 Oct

8:15 PM
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Wed 14 Oct

2:00 PM
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Christchurch – Alice

Fri 16 Oct

8:30 PM
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Wed 21 Oct

6:30 PM
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Colville – Colville Hall, Colville Rd

Fri 30 Oct

7:30 PM
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Wellington – Light House Cuba

Sat 10 Oct

8:30 PM
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Mon 12 Oct

6:30 PM
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Fri 16 Oct

4:30 PM
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Wed 21 Oct

4:30 PM
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Stewart Island – Bunkhouse Theatre

Sat 9 Jan

7:30 PM