Web Series

Pot Luck

6  x 8-11 min episodes

Writer/Director: Ness Simons

Comedy/drama

Pot Luck serves up contemporary lesbian life in three great flavours - Mel, Beth and Debs, as they negotiate friendship, family, and finding love at their weekly Pot Luck dinners. Fun, sexy, and occasionally ridiculous... look out world, New Zealand's first lesbian web series is here!

In its first year on line, Pot Luck garnered over 2 million views across all its episodes and it's multiple online platforms. In December 2016 NZ ON Air approved funding for Pot Luck Season Two, To be produced and released in late 2017. Help make season two even better by contributing to our crowd funding campaign here:  http://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/pot-luck-season-two

The full series is available at it's dedicated website, Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook

ACTIVE IN HELL

Creator/Director: Ness Simons

Commissioned by Hell Pizza

Documentary

The web series follows the stories of three young people who are being assisted by Project Active, an organisation that helps intellectually disabled people in the 18-25 age range find their way into the work force. Project Active joined forces with Hell Pizza to run an eight week training program specially designed for their needs. The series chronicles their highs and lows as the kids come to grips with the challenges and rewards of the training program.

Watch the whole series on YouTube


Short Films

Sparrow

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Writer/Director/Designer Welby Ings

Drama

Sparrow is the beautiful story of a small boy who is teased because he thinks he can fly. When a family myth about his war veteran grandfather is exploded, he discovers the strength to stand up to the school bullies in a very unusual way.

Post production completed December 2016, and due for release in 2017. 

Sparrow Website

Sparrow Facebook Page

Food for Thought

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Writer/director Pat Robins, based on a short story The Assassin Bug, by Sue McCauley.

Black Comedy

Merran’s elderly father Angus has died suddenly and as she helps prepare for the funeral the contents of her mother’s freezer raise some questions about the cause of Angus’s death. 

Cast: Nathalie Boltt, Helen Moulder, Luanne Gordon, Paul Yates and Jonathan Brugh.

(New Zealand International Film Festival 2015, World of Film International Festival -  Glasgow 2015, Los Angeles International Women's Festival 2016, WIFTI (Women in Film and Television International) Showcase 2016, Finalist, Best Self Funded Short Film - Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards 2017)

Watch full movie here: Food For Thought website

Food For Thought Facebook page

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Maul

Short film written by Wendell Cook, Paul Babbage and Colin Hodson, directed by Colin Hodson, co produced by Wendell Cooke and Kim Baker. Ocular Treats Limited.

Sci Fi thriller

A keen young rugby player learns he must sacrifice all, for the good of the team

Running time: 10 minutes

Cast: Ian Lesa, Dallas Seymour, John McInnes

(Melbourne International Film Festival 2013, New Zealand International Film Festival 2013)

Roof Rattling

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Short film written and directed by James Blick

Drama

James and his friends break into an eccentric old man’s house, but once inside, things don’t go according to plan and James gets trapped in the house when he realises the old man is home.

Running time: 15 minutes

Cast: Grant Tilly, Ted Holmstead

(Aspen Film Festival 2010, Asia Shortshorts Festival 2010, Palm Springs International Film Festival 2010)

 

Run

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Short film written by Louis Sutherland and directed by Mark Albiston. Fast Feet Productions.

Drama

A brother and sister at odds, learn that the only way they can stand up to their father is by standing together.

Running time: 15 minutes

Cast: Tyrell Samia, Helayna Seiuli, Louis Sutherland

(Honourable Mention – Official Competition Festival de Cannes 2007, Melbourne International Film Festival 2007, 49th International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao 2007, 17th Flickerfest Short Film Festival, Australia 2008, 58th Berlin International Film Festival, Germany – Generation Kplus 2008)

 

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Our Secret

Short film written and directed by Nicholas Riini co produced by Nicholas Riini, in association with O Te Rangi films.

Drama

Sarah has a secret and no one to share it with. When she meets a new friend she has to face her fears and try to understand the past.

Running time: 10 minutes

Cast: Sara Wiseman, Judy Rankin, Maisie Lewis

 

(Washougal International Film festival 2008, Allshorts Film Festival 2009, Magma Film Festival 2009)

Te Ao Kapurangi

Short film written and directed by Tama Poata. Te Hoikioi Films.

Drama

Firearms are no match for the intelligence and courage of Te Ao Kapurangi.

Language: Maori (with English subtitles) 

Running time:  8 minutes

Cast: Stephanie Grace, Lawrence Wharerau

(Clermont Ferrand Film festival 2001, Drifting Clouds Film Festival 2002) 

Dying Light

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Short film written and directed by Patricia Robins, based on the short story by Daphne de Jong.

Drama

Dying Light is the story of Eva, an elderly woman who is struggling to look after herself or make sense of her life as dementia takes over. 

Running time: 18 minutes

Cast: Pauline D'Emden, Sarah McLeod, Brian Sargent

(Palm Springs International Film Festival 2000, Winfemme 2000, Goteberg Festival 2000, World Cinema Showcase (NZ) 2000)