KICKASS KIWI ACTION SHORT FILM ‘DO NO HARM’ SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2017
A Kiwi-made action short film will have its World Premiere in January at the prestigious 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The festival received almost 9000 short film submissions from around the world, and Do No Harm was one of the 68 selected. The film is the first and only New Zealand film to be selected for this year’s Sundance line-up, and is in good company with the short film directorial debut of Kristen Stewart.
Kiwi-Chinese screenwriter and director Roseanne Liang has made the jump from comedy webseries ( Flat3, Friday Night Bites ) and romantic comedies (My Wedding and Other Secrets ) to kickass Hong Kong-style action in this latest film.
Produced by Hamish Mortland, and executive produced by Tim White (who also exec produced the Richie McCaw doc o Chasing Great, The Dark Horse, and the upcoming Pork Pie), the film was funded through the Premiere Pathways Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission, a fund specifically for short ‘proof-of-concept’s for feature projects. The team hopes to leverage the success of the short film prequel to attract interest in an associated action fe ature film project called B lack Lotus.
Hong Kong actress Marsha Yuan stars with Jacob Tomuri, a Kiwi actor who is perhaps best known as the stunt performer for Tom H ardy in b lockbuster hits T he Reven ant, Legend and Mad Max: Fury Road. Jacob takes on both stunt and acting duties in the film, where he plays a blue-collar hitman tasked with finishing a job.
INFO IN SHORT:
Title: Do No Harm
Synopsis: 3am. 1980s Hongjing. In an aging private hospital, a single-minded surgeon is forced to break her physician’s oath when violent gangsters storm in to stop a crucial operation.
Written and directed by ROSEANNE LIANG (Flat3, Friday Night Bites, My Wedding and Other Secrets)
Produced by HAMISH MORTLAND
Executive Produced by TIM WHITE (Pork Pie, Chasing Great, The Dark Horse)
Starring MARSHA YUAN & JACOB TOMURI (Kiwi Actor, Stunt performer for Tom Hardy in The Revenant, Legend, Mad Max: Fury Road)