Three New Zealand films will premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale). Tusi Tamasese’s One Thousand Ropes and Jackie van Beek’s The Inland Road will have world premieres at the festival, and Tearepa Kahi’s Poi E: The Story of Our Song will have its international premiere.
Poi E: The Story of Our Song will be in in the Generation 14+ section for its international premiere at the Berlinale. Directed and executive produced by Tearepa Kahi and produced by Alexander Behse and Reikura Kahi, the film is Kahi’s second feature following 2014’s Mt Zion. Poi E had its world premiere in July 2016 as the opening night film at the New Zealand International Film Festival. Released in Australia and New Zealand in late 2016 by Sony Pictures, the film took over $1.2 million dollars at the New Zealand box office, making it one of the top five New Zealand documentaries of all time.
You can read more about the films and the Berlinale here.
Meanwhile, back in NZ, a fleet of Minis rolled across the country, accompanying the stars of Pork Pie to special screenings and appearances to support the film which opened nationwide on 2 February.
Starting in Kaitia, the convoy travelled to the film's world premiere at Auckland's Civic, complete with yellow carpet in tribute to the iconic Mini in which the Blondini gang traverse the country.
An outdoor screening in Hamilton followed, then Wellington's Embassy Theatre where the Prime Minister and Governor General rubbed shoulders with the stars. Another special guest at the Wellington premiere was Goodbye Pork Pie director Geoff Murphy, father of Pork Pie's director, Matt Murphy.
An outdoor screening at Wellington's Trentham Racecourse ran just after the Embassy screening with some cast in attendance.
An outdoor screening in Christchurch broke up the journey down the South Island as the convoy headed to Invercargill and the premiere screening there. Guests at this screening included long-time Invercargill Mayor, Tim Shadbolt who has a cameo role in the film.
Pork Pie is in cinemas now and you can view the trailer here.