In the last instalment of showing off our 2016 film festival program, we are faced with some of the best and critically acclaimed films in recent times, from Australia and New Zealand. Check out these 5 films from Down Under and start booking your tickets! We’ll see you at the movies!
This month’s ’10 Questions with…’ is a group effort as we spread the love between 5 of our full-length films showing at this year’s Down Under Berlin festival. Documentary, love story drama, thriller, animation adventure and Aussie romantic comedy, we ask about the films and also about themselves in two questions each. Speed dating, for film buffs.
We thought it would be a nice idea to have a look back at the favourites from last year’s festival. We invited some of DUB staff to talk about the films that were the most well received, and why they made such an impression on our audiences. Revisiting these films gets us more excited about the line-up of the 2016 program, and we can’t wait to share it with you soon!
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?
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!
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.