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?
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.
Two major feature films emerged in 2013 from established Indigenous directors: The Darkside – Warwick Thornton’s highly experimental collection of true ghost stories (which screened recently at the Berlin Film Festival); and Mystery Road, Ivan Sen’s moody detective thriller, set in a racially divided outback country town, complete with cowboy hats, corrupt cops and tense shoot-outs.
Well it’s Berlinale time again and this year’s 64th International Film Festival in Berlin has all of us at Down Under Berlin clapping our hands with joy at this year’s Australian selections. Get ready for a deluge of Aussies on the streets of Berlin as the city hosts a number of screenings.