Fil­mawards for first-time di­rec­tor

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ALICE PARMINTER

An Auck­land film di­rec­tor has won two awards at the Doc Edge In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

Three Kings res­i­dent Su­san Parker has been in­volved in the film in­dus­try for 30 years. Her first film, Lov­ing in Limbo, has won awards for Best NZ Di­rec­tor and Best NZ Fea­ture Doc­u­men­tary.

Parker says win­ning awards was amaz­ing.

‘‘It was a lit­tle bit sur­real … I sort of for­got all of my speech.’’

The doc­u­men­tary fol­lows Kiwi trav­eller Hap Cameron and Amer­i­can teacher Mandy Todd over sev­eral years of their tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ship. the Cameron’s story be­came the ob­vi­ous choice.

‘‘I re­ally loved his back story,’’ Parker says.

‘‘I said, ‘right, we should film this’. It was im­por­tant to film be­fore we knew which way the im­mi­gra­tion fight was go­ing to go.’’

Hap Cameron and Mandy Todd star in the fea­ture doc­u­men­tary

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