Actress praised for writing
IT’S hard not to feel that Aidee Walker may sometimes be selling herself a bit short.
The Herne Bay actress, who had roles in Mercy Peak and Outrageous Fortune, says she just set out to see if she could ‘‘actually write something’’ when she penned the short film Friday Tigers. And write she can. The film, which she also directed and starred in, picked up two awards at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival.
It will screen at the Show Me Shorts film festival this month.
‘‘I had been wanting to [write something] for a long time to see if I could pull it off but I didn’t really consider myself a writer,’’ she says.
‘‘And maybe I’m not really a writer and more of a storyteller. But I’m OK with that.’’
Friday Tigers tells the story of a medical student who creates a fantasy world for her daughter in a bid to shield her from the pain of a past relationship.
It was shot in and around central Auckland, including the suburbs of Kingsland and Morningside.
Ms Walker says the story was inspired by three women, particularly with a young daughter.
‘‘I knew I wanted to write a story with a strong female protagonist and I also knew I wanted to write something real.
‘‘When I say real, I mean not terribly glamorous.’’
Short films don’t necessarily come with any less headaches than their feature-length counterparts, Ms Walker says.
‘‘Short films are quite hard to get right.
‘‘It’s easy to complicate the story and try to do too much. But I think simple is definitely key and knowing who is the protagonist and not trying to have too many
one things going on at once,’’ she says.
Funding is also hard to come by and when you do get some it barely covers any costs, she says.
‘‘You definitely do it because you love it and want to do it more than anything.’’
Ms Walker will be treading the boards at Q theatre in Silo Theatre’s Midsummer until November 22.
The Show Me Shorts film festival runs from November 6 to 20 at Capitol Cinema in Balmoral and opens with an awards ceremony on November 6 from 7.45pm.
Real talent: Herne Bay actress Aidee Walker’s award-winning short film Friday Tigers will screen at the Show Me Shorts film festival this month.