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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.

 

Swagger of Thieves

Rialto Film Talk: Rock Documentary Swagger of Thieves

Swagger of Thieves PosterTen years in the making, NZ rock documentary Swagger of Thieves takes a raw, eye-watering look at Kiwi band Head Like A Hole (aka HLAH).

Come join us for this Film Talk at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket for a night out on May 17. Director Julian Boshier will join DEGNZ for a Q&A after the screening. Book tickets

Two band mates struggle to place past addictions and sabotaged dreams behind them in their continuing quest for rock music relevance.

Swagger of Thieves is a heartfelt, hilarious and heartbreaking trip into the reality of the hardest-charging band of a generation. Whether you come as a fan of the music, as a fan of solid filmmaking, or as a bystander wondering what all the noise is about, you’ll be seeing one of the most intelligently assembled and truthfully told documentaries New Zealand has ever produced.
— Graeme Tuckett, New Zealand International Film Festival

Watch the trailer

When: Thu 17 May 2018, 6pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

November Film Talk: Psychological Thriller Human Traces

Join us for a special Rialto Newmarket screening of Human Traces, the debut feature from DEGNZ member Nic Gorman, which was selected for the New Zealand, Melbourne and Toronto film festivals.

When a mysterious young man arrives on a remote Sub-Antarctic research station, secrets threaten the relationship of a married couple working on the island.

Afterwards, lead actor Mark Mitchinson will join us for a 20-minute Q&A, moderated by Tui Ruwhiu.

In their Toronto Film Review, Variety wrote, “Nic Gorman has delivered a suspenseful, engrossing and very well performed mood piece that marks him as a talent worth watching.”

Watch the trailer here.

When: Thu 16 Nov, 6pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, Auckland
Tickets: Via Rialto online or at the cinema; $12 discounted tickets for DEGNZ and film industry members

Watch: Film Talk with One Thousand Ropes Filmmakers

Last month we held a wonderful Film Talk with writer/director Tusi Tamasese and producer Catherine Fitzgerald talking with Chris Dudman on the making of One Thousand Ropes.

One Thousand Ropes is a powerful character drama of a father reconnecting with his youngest daughter and together putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them.

It was a spectacular evening exploring the many versions of the story and characters that led to the eventual film, the temporality of the film, the balance between violence and healing, and the question of belonging.

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

 

Watch: Film Talk with West of Eden Filmmakers

We hosted a Q&A evening with director/editor Alastair Riddell, writer/producer Vanessa Riddell, and the cast of independent drama West of Eden.

Set in rural New Zealand during the 1960s, West of Eden tells the story of two men in love, at odds with the inherent conservatism of their surroundings. It was a great evening with plenty of questions for the cast and crew to consider surrounding themes, funding, and distribution. But what the creators of the film always returned to was that West of Eden is a love story.

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