With so many DEGANZ members featuring in NZIFF, it can be hard to keep track of them all! Here is a complete list of our members’ projects and their screening times in Tāmaki Makarau (stay tuned for other regions):
Aotearoa’s Feature Films
A cosmic comedy horror where a hit-and-run victim learns psychic abilities to reap revenge on the car that hit him.
Director: Michael Duignan
Cast: Jessica Grace Smith, Michelle Ang
While encouraging the public not to panic during the Covid-19 pandemic, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles became the target of misogynistic hate and conspiracy that threatened her professional and personal life.
Director: Gwen Isaac
The Strangest of Angels
A dramatic and moving interpretation of the contemporary opera of the same title. Inspired by the events and life of Kiwi writer Janet Frame, the film sheds light on mental health from the past and present.
Director: Rebecca Tansley
A career-spanning documentary that follows legendary 90s rock band King Loser on their 2016, farewell tour. The film offers an earnest and affectionate portrait of the band through rich archive footage and reflective present-day interviews.
Co-director and Editor: Cushla Dillon
Grant Sheehan: Light, Ghosts & Dreams
A celebration of the life and art of avant-garde New Zealand photographer and publisher Grant Sheehan and his creative Artificial Intelligence (AI) explorations.
Director: Robin Greenberg
Red Mole: A Romance
An expertly assembled retrospective of the radical theatrical troupe Red Mole using archival footage, photographs scrapbooks, posters, and stage designs. The documentary considers the troupe’s romantic goals, tenacious performers, and tumultuous career.
Director: Annie Goldson
Editors: Annie Goldson, Cushla Dillon
New Zealand’s Best 2023
Daughter of God
When forced into an arranged marriage, an Iranian-Kiwi daughter must either dishonour her family or lose the love of her life.
Writer/Director: Maza White
Heightened emotions of a school ball after-party paired with deft shifts in tone offer a new look into the teen genre.
Editor: Cushla Dillon
Hey Brainy Man
A group of evolutionary losers warns Homo sapiens not to f*ck up the world.
Co-Producer: Jaimee Poipoi (Ngati Kahungunu/Ngāpuhi) (Incubator 2023)
When a 57-year-old widow moves to Aotearoa from India, she’s forced to confront her grief by completing an ordinary ritual despite the extraordinary circumstances: quarantine.
Writer/Director: Pulkit Arora
Editor: Jolin Lee (Incubator 2022)
Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts
An aspiring ornithologist must process the loss and grief of her grandmother’s passing while braving the Aotearoa wilderness alone.
Writer/Director: Douglas Brooks (Te Ati Haunui-a-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Ngāti Kahungungu, Ngāti Pākehā)
Screening with Features
A Māori warrior, an Italian deserter, and a scrawny rooster are trapped behind enemy lines. What could possibly go wrong? This short is screening with the Australian feature film Sweet As.
Director: Paolo Rotondo
Last updated on 18 July 2023