DEGANZ members at Doc Edge Festival

This year’s Doc Edge Festival will feature projects by DEGANZ members Katherine McRae, Anton Steel and Blandine Massiet du Biest. The Oscar-qualifying festival will run in Auckland and Wellington in May-June and virtually in June-July.

Having previously worked on Power Rangers Dino Fury and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny as an assistant editor, Blandine made her directorial debut with her documentary Frances Hodgkins, Anything but a Still Life which follows the life and career of the Kiwi still-life artist. Art experts Mary Kisler and Linda Tyler discuss Frances’ challenges and her undeniable power to create in the feature, which will appear in the festival’s ‘The Art of Storytelling’ category.

Anton’s new documentary Taking Back Our Beach examines Aotearoa’s worst maritime environmental disaster and will feature in the ‘Making an Impact’ category. When the Cargo Vessel Rena struck the Astrolabe Reef in 2011, it carried and split tonnes of heavy oil and diesel fuel. The aftermath is still fresh in the memories of everyone in the area due to the devastating and long-lasting impact on wildlife. Anton focuses on the power of a united community and its experience of the shocking grief that later becomes a driving force in saving the environment. He talks about the project more in a podcast with RNZ.

Under the category Being Oneself,  Pacific Mother follows free divers Sachiko Fukumoto and William Trubridge looking into maternity systems for their first child. Through the film, a sequel to Water Baby, Katherine attempts to reconnect families with the global environment. The film examines women’s maternity experiences from the Pacific, Hawai’i, Tahiti, the Cook Islands, and Aotearoa. Within their stories, Pacific Mother discusses the community, gaining back its traditional birthing knowledge, and the importance of nurturing both children and parents.

Don’t miss the chance to see them at Doc Edge!

Last updated on 12 May 2023