Film wins international festival award
A ‘‘dark and gritty’’ short film set in the Auckland drug world is earning acclaim at home after being applauded abroad.
University of Auckland graduate Walter Lawry won Best Student Film at the eighth annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival for his film Blind Mice.
It is the first award Mr Lawry has received for the 15-minute film, which has already been screened at international festivals in Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Vancouver.
Blind Mice follows a young woman, Jules, whose life is complicated by an unwanted pregnancy.
She flits between two drug dealers as she struggles to find a supportive male ure.
‘‘I was kind of hoping that I would win,’’ Mr Lawry says.
‘‘But at the same time I wasn’t sure because Blind Mice is a dark and gritty film which I thought might not appeal to the judges.
‘‘I was up against my mates who were all from the university and I was actually sitting with them at the ceremony when the announcement was made.’’
Mr Lawry has recently returned from volunteering in Cambodia for two months where he was based in Siem Reap.
He is using his skills as a film-maker to shoot a documentary for the volunteer
fig- organisation Future Today.
Show Me Shorts is a national film festival showcasing the best new short films from New Zealand and around the world.
Bleak tale: A screenshot from the award-winning Blind Mice which stars actress Rachel Nicholls.
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