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February 18, 2008 | by  | in Film |
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Presented by The Film Archive in association with the New Zealand Film Commission
(5 New Zealand short films, $6 bucks, 7.00pm)
And it’s on the 8th of March…
At the New Zealand Film Archive, 84 Taranaki Street

Boy (NZ, 2004)

A film by Room 8, wrtten and directed by Welby Ings Cinequest Film Festival (Best Short Narrative Film) 2005 Boy tells the fragmented story of a young male prostitute living in a small New Zealand town. After witnessing a hit and run accident, he is silenced by the local community.

Stroke (NZ, 1994)

Written and directed by Christine Jeffs
Cannes (Official Selection) 1994

“Stroke is a visual comedy, graphic in its construction and design. The cinematography moves from crystal clear to blurred in its effect… bringing us closer to Dorothy’s perception as water fills her senses and everything is awash”
– Christine Jeffs

The French Doors (NZ, 2001)

Written and directed by Steve Ayson
Clermont-Ferrand (In Competition) 2002

A second hand set of French doors, letting in more than just light. They aim to bewilder.

Cow (NZ, 2002)

Written and directed by Michael Bennett
Cannes (Critics’ Week) 2002

Michael Bennett describes Cow as “another entry in the genre of aquatic bovine musical comedies”. It is the story of two men and a cow lost at sea, and in search of land. More seriously it is an allegorical tale about how relationships can fall apart over the silliest things. For the two men adrift on an endless ocean with their cow, an unfortunate Act of God sets off an escalating series of events that propel their friendship towards chaos and disaster. The story is told without dialogue, the characters “talking” to each other only through the playing of their guitars.

Kitchen Sink (NZ, 1989)

Written and directed by Alison Maclean
Cannes (Official Selection) 1989

“It’s a dark little fable about fear and desire – about a woman who refashions a monster into a man, and finds herself falling for her creation. In some sense I see it as a Pygmalion- type story, with the genders reversed.”
– Alison Maclean

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