An exciting new interview series portrays New Zealanders in Hollywood
by Charmaine Gorman
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Down Under Berlin is celebrating a wonderful new project called Sitting Room Only. New Zealand actress and producer Hannah Marshal came up with the concept of interviewing her New Zealand artist mates that working in the industry in LA. These are candid and entertaining chats, which give us a bit more of an insight into making it in Los Angeles.
To run a week long festival in a foreign country to your own, is not an easy feat. It takes passion, dedication and drive, a bit of movie know-how, a good team, and a sense of humour doesn’t hurt. The next in our series of “10 questions with…”, we ask DUB master and chief, Frances Hill, a few questions to get to know her a little better.
Internationally acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi created films like What we do in the Shadows and Eagle vs Shark. From his academy award nomination for Two Cars, One Night, to having two of New Zealand’s highest grossing films Boy and Hunt For the Wilderpeople. How did he get there?
Author Frank Stark has said, “In the 115-year history of film in this country, more than half of all our feature films were made in just the past 10 years“. From The Lord Of The Rings to the latest internationally successful films as What we do in the shadows and Mahana, how did the ‘Jackson Effect’ finally become the foundation for a rise in national New Zealand film production?
“Down Under Berlin is a chance to deliver Australian culture and film into the laps of the European climate which gives us, as Australian Filmmakers, a brilliant chance to learn and grow.”- Henry Boffin – DUB filmmaker 2013
“Down Under Berlin is an eclectic representation of the many talented Australian artists living and working in Berlin and Australia.”- Diane Busuttil – DUB filmmaker 2013
“A great opportunity to share our work with Melbourne’s favourite European city.”- Matt Richards – DUB filmmaker
“Down Under Berlin is a chance for two cultures to come closer to compare and contrast their traditions of story telling.”- Daniel Biggins – DUB filmmaker 2013
“Down Under Berlin is a wonderful showcase of Australian films in one of the coolest cities in the world.”- Victoria Goodyear – DUB filmmaker 2013
The Down Under Berlin film festival has been a vital hub for enthusiasts of Australian and New Zealand cinema and culture since 2011. Ranging from independent productions to blockbusters, from experimental student films to inspiring documentaries – diversity is the most important part of the program.
The festival’s focus on Down Under is an exception in Europe and absolutely unique in Germany. The festival returns 14 – 18 September 2016 to Moviemento cinema in Berlin. Besides the five-day event in autumn, Down Under Berlin hosts events throughout the year. Read more
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