Over 30 locally made short films have arrived to Lightbox today, all of which have featured in New Zealand’s premiere short film festival Show Me Shorts. To help guide your viewing, I’ve had a perusal of the extensive catalogue and have made my picks from each year.
2014 Pick: Uphill (dir. Jackie van Beek)
We’re about to see a whole lot more of Jackie van Beek when she comes onto our screens in TV3’s new sketch comedy show Funny Girls, so have a gander at her some of her stunning directorial work. In Uphill, a woman craving solitude escapes to a tiny hut in the mountains. Her dreams of blissful isolation are quickly thwarted by a couple that also turns up for the night.
Other 2014 titles:
Queenie (Animation, dir. Paul Neason)
The Light Harvester (Sci-fi, dir. Jason Howden)
Mis-drop (Sci-fi, dir. Ferand Peek)
Eleven (Coming of Age, dir. Abigail Greenwood)
Ross and Beth (Drama, dir. Hamish Bennett)
Sounds Perfect (Mockumentary, dir. Allan George & Greg Stubbings)
Snowmen (Comedy, dir. Jonathan Brugh)
Damien (Comedy, dir. Josh Frizzell)
Coconut (Road Trip, dir. Charlie Bleakley)
Loner (Comedy, dir. Wendell Cooke)
Loser Cruiser (Comedy, dir. Becca Barnes, Alwyn Dale)
Whisker (Comedy, dir. Steve Saussey)
In the Rubbish Tin (Animation, dir. Riwia Brown)
2013 Pick: Dangerous Ride (dir. Linda Niccol)
Starring Rose McIvor of iZombie fame, Dangerous Ride is a high stakes drama about a sex offender in rehabilitation and a young girl, that promises to “turn all our expectations on their head”. Also featuring Jed Brophy from Heavenly Creatures, Braindead, The Hobbit, King Kong, and pretty much anything else Peter Jackson has touched.
Other 2013 titles:
Airmail (Fantasy, dir. Prue Cunninham)
Here Be Monsters (Fantasy, dir. Paul Glubb & Nic Gorman)
I’m Going to Mum’s (Comedy, dir. Lauren Jackson)
The Present (Comedy, dir. Thomas Robins)
Whakatiki (Drama, dir. Louise Leitch)
The Education of Ming Ming (Comedy, dir. Beyond Wen)
Pattern (Comedy, dir. Barry Prescott)
Serve and Protect (Comedy, dir. Ben Woollen)
2012 Pick: Sonny; My Older Brother (dir. Tammy Davis)
With his feature directorial debut Born to Dance currently playing in cinemas, seems like a good time to watch Tammy Davis’ short film Sonny. A touching film about brotherly love, six-year-old Po watches as his older brother, Sonny, continually get into trouble. I hope there’s a Stan Walker cameo.
Other 2012 titles:
The Dump (Drama, dir. Hamish Bennett)
The F.E.U.C (Rom-com, dir. Aidee Walker)
50% OFF MAIL ORDER BRIDE (Sci-fi, dir. Alan D. Parr)
Roy (Comedy, dir. Tim Tsiklauri)
Lambs (Drama, dir. Sam Kelly)
Tatau (Drama, dir. Chantelle Burgoyne)
Ellen is Leaving (Romance, dir. Michelle Savill)
Abiogenesis (Sci-fi, dir. Richard Mans)
Hitch Hike (Drama, dir. Matthew Saville)
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