Editorial: August 2016

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Much of August has been about the celebration of achievements, many of those in competition in Rio. As the Olympics close and thousands of viewers forget where Prime is on the remote, we’ve just seen the end of this year’s season of Westside and a perhaps less than sporting victory over visiting Springboks in 1981 and the beginning of the story of one of the the country’s quieter achievers, Sir Edmund Hillary.

This year’s edition of the NZIFF has pretty much done its dash through the major centres. Festival opener Poi E has begun its general release, quickly becoming one of our most popular theatrical documentaries of recent years. Tony Forster caught up with director Tearepa Kahi on the journey of learning that’s brought the film to our screens.

The director of another film fresh from the NZIFF and also dealing with archival material, Pietra Brettkelly, talks about shooting A Flickering Truth in the rather harsher conditions of Afghanistan.

In Wellington the council has given its support to the Movie Museum, which will sit across the street from Te Papa. Auckland welcomes another significant inbound production, Meg, currently crewing up while the council is currently not advancing towards a new studio facility. In Christchurch we welcome Glen Walker, who gets to visit the South Island’s biggest studio set-up, Whitebait Media.

In a few more days Spring will be on the calendar and – fingers crossed – also in the air. The arrival of a new season sees a fuller calendar of industry events – the Game Developers Conference, Big Screen Symposium, SWANZ Awards and Screenies Festival will all come and go in the next few weeks. We look forward to bringing you coverage of some of them in the next couple of issues.

Until then, enjoy this one.

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Written by Keith Barclay

Keith is the editor of SCREENZ, and the co-creator and founding editor of CREWED.

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