Film wins in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val award

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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Bleak tale: A screen­shot from the award-win­ning Blind Mice which stars ac­tress Rachel Ni­cholls.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz and click Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video that ex­plains what Build Your Fu­ture To­day does.

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