Former Miss NZ’S film in fi­nal

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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.

Photo: SIMON WATTS

Award-win­ning:

Ma­rina McCart­ney is a fi­nal­ist in the Unitec In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent Short Film Fes­ti­val.

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