|Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga (NZFC) and Screen Australia announced the eight indigenous teams from New Zealand and Australia who will work on a joint anthology feature, entitled Ngā Pouwhenua in New Zealand and Cook 2020: Our Right of Reply in Australia.
The teams will each create a short chapter for the feature film, which will provide an Indigenous perspective on the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s maiden voyage to the Pacific.
Mitchell Stanley (Servant or Slave) from Australia, and Bailey Mackey (All or Nothing; New Zealand All Blacks, assistant producer on Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Mia Henry-Teirney (Baby Mama’s Club) from New Zealand have been chosen as co-producers and will collaborate with the teams to develop their concepts and the overarching narrative.
The teams and producers are attending a four-day development workshop at Shark Island Institute in Australia’s Kangaroo Valley to develop the eight individual concepts into a cohesive, dramatic film.
The filmmakers from New Zealand are:
– Television producer, director and writer Tiraroa Debra Reweti who will be working on her first film project with Elise Francis, a producer who gained on television series Pūmanawa, and has recently production managed Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen. They are joined by Chantelle Burgoyne who has written and directed short films Tatau and Sista, and worked in production on films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
– Writer/director Renae Maihi. Maihi recently wrote and directed a short film for Waru, an acclaimed anthology of eight short films created by Māori women which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
– Filmmaker Richard Curtis, creator and director of television series Hunting Aotearoa, as well as short film Ahi Kaa. Curtis will work with visual artist and writer/director Tim Worrall, whose credits include award-winning short films Tits on a Bull and The Road to Whakarae.
– Actor, writer and director Mario Gaoa, known for his work on comedy series Bro-Town. Joining Gaoa is Miki Magasiva, a director who has worked on short films such as Brother and Uso which won the Dream Digital Award at Hawaii International Film Festival.