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Watch: Stray Q&A with Director Dustin Feneley

Writer/director Dustin Feneley answers questions about his debut feature film Stray (2018). Dustin talks about not compromising his cinematic, arthouse vision, despite modest means while making the film.

 

“We wanted a very formalised, considered cinematography in kind of like master shots and I want things to play out longer. But the implication production-wise was that we could milk all of that one hour set aside for that scene … It meant that art department, lighting, camera, everyone had so much time relatively speaking to nail that one shot.”

 

This event was part of the Film Talk Series, presented by DEGNZ and Rialto Cinemas in Auckland.

 

NZ Cinema: Q&A Screening of Vermilion

Vermilion posterNew Zealand film Vermilion opens in cinemas on November 8, the feature film debut from writer/director Dorthe Scheffmann. The film is edited by DEGNZ member Peter Roberts.

Scheffmann and star Jennifer Ward-Lealand will attend a Q&A screening on Friday 9 November. Come join the filmmakers and DEGNZ for this Film Talk at Rialto Cinemas.

Vermilion tells the story of a group of women – mothers, daughters, friends and neighbours. Darcy (Ward-Lealand), a composer, sees colours when she plays musical notes. When she notices her usually subtle colours changing- she realises a profound change is upon her. Over a summer month, Darcy creates a time of music and reflection that help her make a final choice.

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Coming up: Yellow Is Forbidden Film Talk

Film Talk at Rialto Cinemas is where filmmakers and film fans meet. After each Film Talk screening, members of the creative team will join a moderator from the Directors & Editors Guild to discuss their work.

Join us on October 31 for Yellow is Forbidden. Director Pietra Brettkelly will be present for an audience Q&A at the end.

Yellow is Forbidden is NZ filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly’s latest documentary about Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei. A brave designer chases the dream – to be crowned haute couture. But she comes from China, the land of knock offs and production lines. Will her Cinderella story end at the Met Ball?

Brettkelly finds just the right sweet spot between pie-eyed flattery and sober appraisal of Guo and her methods — The Hollywood Reporter

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Stray Director Dustin Feneley to Share at Rialto Film Talk

Film Talk at Rialto Cinemas is where filmmakers and film fans meet. After each Film Talk screening, members of the creative team will join a moderator from the Directors & Editors Guild to discuss their work.

On October 3, Film Talk will screen Stray, finishing with an audience Q&A with director Dustin Feneley.

Stray is Feneley’s much-anticipated first feature and is editor Dione Chard’s first full-length film. Both are members of DEGNZ.

Come along if you missed the film at the New Zealand International Film Festival and to hear about the making of the film.

STRAY

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In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts. A young man is on parole after serving time for attempting to murder the man who killed his girlfriend in a hit and run. A woman is released from a psychiatric facility far from her homeland. These two damaged strangers cross paths in the mountains in winter and fall into a complex intimate relationship, putting to the test their capacity to trust and heal.

When: Wed 3 October 2018, 6pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Cost: $12 for film industry members – Book Tickets

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The Making of NZ Music Doco ‘Swagger of Thieves’

Director Julian Boshier chatted about his music documentary Swagger of Thieves as part of Film Talk, a series of special Q&A screenings presented by DEGNZ and Rialto Cinemas.

The film charts Kiwi rock bank Head Like a Hole’s continuing quest for glory and relevance. A decade in the making, Swagger of Thieves first premiered in 2017 at the New Zealand International Film Festival, which praised it as “one of the most intelligently assembled and truthfully told documentaries New Zealand has ever produced”.

Watch the Film Talk highlights

In this short video, Julian shares with audience members and moderator James Solomon about:

  • How he approached filming the band’s real and intimate relationships.
  • The reasons behind the film’s black and white.
  • What the editing process was like.
  • Knowing when the film was finished.

Swagger of Thieves is currently in NZ cinemas. See here for information on movie times.