Siapo Cinema Shorts
This year’s Siapo Cinema Shorts programme brings together a diverse selection of short dramas and documentaries. From airports to wrestlers, these five, 15-minute films offer something for everyone!
Journey to Ihipa, 2008 (15 mins), PG
Director: Nancy Brunning
Producer: Makerita Urale
Screenplay: Vicki-Anne Heikell
With: Elizabeth McRae (Gladys Matenga), Nathaniel Lees (Brownie)
When a young soldier dies during WWII, extended whānau protect the bloodline by taking his baby son from his European mother.
Night Shift, 2012, (15 mins), PG
Director/screenplay: Zia Mandviwalla
Producers: Matt Noonan, Chelsea Winstanley
With: Anapela Polataivao (Salote), Leon Dobrinski (Yury), Bree Peters (Supervisor)
Amidst the arrivals and departures, an airport cleaner faces the longest journey.
Native in Nuhaka, 2017, (15 mins)
Director: Hiona Henare
Producers: Hiona Henare, Louisa Tipene Opetaia
A short documentary exploring the Māori passion for cinema against the backdrop of the annual Wairoa Māori Film Festival. “Beautiful and undeniably real, 'Native in Nuhaka' encourages more natives to use film as their statement of choice.” Craig Fasi, NZIFF, 2017
Friday Night Tights (World Wrestling in Wainuiomata), 2018, (15 mins)
Director: Navneeth Nair
Who knew there was world wrestling in Wainuiomata? Students taking Victoria University’s FILM311 (a critical and practical study of documentary film making) did. What’s more, they have produced this short documentary showcasing the local pro-wrestling team; its diverse cast, their close-knit community and the intense training and showmanship that drive them into their championship show.
Uapōifalemalu, 2018, (13.17 mins)
Producers/Directors: A, L & T (Crooked Fence & Brown Paper Ink)
Our aunties, mothers, grandmothers - our tinā. The women around us: they raise us, they nurture us, they teach us, they care for us - and care for each other.