Former Miss NZ’S film in final
A short film about the controversial dawn raids on Pacific Island families in the 1970s made by former beauty queen Marina McCartney is a finalist in the Unitec Institute of Technology’s International Student Short Film Festival.
The Ponsonby-based former Miss New Zealand swapped the stage to go behind the camera and is one of five postgraduate film-makers to be shortlisted for an award at the Uni Shorts festival this weekend for her award-winning film Milk and Honey.
She drew on her family history for the film – her mother was eight months pregnant when taken by police in the raids which aimed to arrest and deport Pacific Island overstayers.
Ms McCartney graduated from the University of Auckland with a masters in screen production with first-class honours with the film. She is now working on a documentary called Voices of Samoa as well as another short film.
The festival features the work of 30 up-and-coming film-makers submitted from film schools and universities around the world. They will be judged in their individual categories before one is awarded an overall prize decided by judges and an audience vote.
The producer of cult-hit film Napoleon Dynamite Chris ‘‘Doc’’ Wyatt will be on the judging panel and will also act as guest speaker at the event.
Uni Shorts will be held at Mt Albert Unitec campus, Carrington Rd on Saturday and Sunday. Go to unishorts .unitec.ac.nz or call 815 4321 for more information and tickets.
Marina McCartney is a finalist in the Unitec Institute of Technology’s International Student Short Film Festival.