Ac­tress praised for writ­ing

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

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.

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