Local Film Roundup

Local Releases

Human Traces, written and directed by Nic Gorman and produced by Nadia Maxwell, is a psychological thriller, told from three points of view, and set on a remote, sub-Antarctic island. When a mysterious young man arrives on the remote research station, secrets threaten the relationship of a married couple trying to return the island’s ecosystem to its natural state.

Variety reviewed Human Traces, saying, “Clever editing and smart scripting combine neatly to reveal heretofore concealed information that ramps up the tension and propels the drama to an exciting conclusion.”

Human Traces will be released by eOne Films on 16 November.  Watch the trailer here.

Waru, produced by Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton, is a film made up of eight 10-minute short films around the tangi (funeral) of a small boy named Waru who died at the hands of his caregiver. Each vignette is written and directed by Māori women filmmakers, writer/ directors Briar Grace-Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Renae Maihi, Chelsea Cohen and Paula Jones, director Awanui Simich-Pene and writer Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu.

The Hollywood Reporter, said of Waru, said, "A fascinating glimpse into New Zealand’s contemporary Maori community."

Waru was released by Vendetta Films on October 19.  Watch the trailer here.

Waru and Human Traces both premiered to full houses and warm praise at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Waru opened the ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto and the film will also screen at the Winda Film Festival in Australia and the Hawaii International Film Festival in November.

 Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web recently screened at the Bergen International Film Festival in Norway. Annie Goldson and Alexander Behse have also been nominated as best Documentary Feature at the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards for their film - the awards to be held in Brisbane on 23 November.

Paul Oremland's documentary, 100 Men, screened at New Fest, New York's LGBT film festival in October  The film will follow this outing with screenings at Madrid's LesGaiCineMad film festival.

Poi E and Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web will both screen at the Friday Harbor Documentary Film Festival in San Juan Island, plus Poi E will screen in the Australia-New Zealand Film Festival in the Czech Republic, and at the Hawaii International Film Festival in November.

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