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Documentary shorts Ultimately Lacks Polish and Nathan Joe: Homecoming Poems have premiered on the streaming platform Vidzing. Commissioned by the Going West Writers Festival, both documentaries focus on poets who take a radical approach to performance. Congratulations to our members who worked on these films!

Ultimately Lacks Polish was directed by DEGANZ Wellington-based member Kathleen Winter. Following New Zealand poet Freya Daly Sadgrove as she dares to combine poetry, punk, sex, and theatre, Polish also explores Freya’s mindful reflections on her artistry. Kathleen’s frequent collaborator Amanda Mulderry (DEGANZ) edited the documentary.

Auckland member Nahyeon Lee directed Nathan Joe: Homecoming Poems, where poet Nathan Joe explores his feelings about being caught between queerness and being a Chinese-New Zealander. In this magnetic three poem meditation, Nahyeon brings Nathan’s words to life with striking visuals.

Both documentary shorts are now available on-demand on Vidzing. The Going West Writers Festival is operating a pay as you want option, where viewers can watch for free or support their kaupapa with a donation.