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?
Whether you be director, writer, cameraman, sound recorder or editor, it’s hard enough in Australia to break into the filmmaking business. If you’re not living the dream you expected, well, enough of the dream to quit your job waiting tables, many people head overseas to try to work there. Hollywood, London…..Berlin?
Wulf Sörgel from Moviemento Kino, tells us what its like to be the home of vivid alternative film culture in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Our first of the “10 Questions with-” series for this season!
A review of Maya Newell’s documentary “Gayby Baby” – an intimate and honest film about same-sex parenting that finally lends a voice to a group that is at the centre of it all: kids. Down Under Berlin will host three Gayby Baby screenings with special guests producer Charlotte Mars and Constanze Körner (Rainbow Family Project) this June.
For the last 25 years in Australia, men have directed 85% of all Australian feature films. That means less than a quarter of any feature length Aussie films are directed by women. What a statistic to be involved in!
The Down Under Berlin blog is looking for a limited number of volunteer guest bloggers to write about the film industry in Australia, New Zealand and internationally. If you love film, have a talent for writing and would like to work with us we want to hear from you!
This year’s Berlin International Film Festival – aka Berlinale – runs from 11 – 21 February 2016 and presents about 400 films from every genre, length, format and country. If you cannot wait until Down Under Berlin returns 14 – 18 September 2016 check out Australian and New Zealand cinema at the Berlinale.
We kick off our new series with Australian film maker and director Bartholomew Sammut. A late night drinking session led to more than just great ideas, it spawned many projects, such as the Xposed International Queer Film Festival which is celebrating its tenth festival edition this May.