Loading Docs has released its latest batch of threeminute documentaries – all of them by Kiwi filmmakers and free to watch online.
Launched in 2014 by Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson, the platform is an outlet for shareable shorts that are “meaningful, thought-provoking and challenging”. The idea was driven by the belief that New Zealanders enjoy and care about their own stories, Parnell says, and this year’s theme of “Diversity” aims to reflect not only the variety of voices and filmmaking styles in New Zealand but to “look at the beauty of how diverse New Zealand is”.
The cast of real-life characters featured in this year’s collection range from first-generation Asian immigrants to LGBTQ Maori activists; from a poet battling an incurable bone disease to an artist who sells “surreal”’ real estate.
My Dog Ajax, filmed amid the breathtaking vistas of Kahurangi National Park, is an enlightening and poignant look at one conservationist’s quest to protect the endangered kea – with the help of his loyal search dog, Ajax. Another stand-out, The Coffin Club, is a hilarious and wonderfully morbid musical about a group of Rotorua senior citizens so fed up with attending impersonal funerals that they decide to build and decorate their own coffins to reflect the essence of who they really are. LUKE JACKSON