In­spired in­sight

Peo­ple did agree that cul­ture was more than her­itage or blood. Some peo­ple were say­ing it was so­ci­ety or ideas or just hang­ing around with your friends.’’

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

When three Porirua Col­lege stu­dent film-mak­ers were tasked with record­ing in­spi­ra­tional New Zealan­ders for a short film com­pe­ti­tion, they didn’t need to look fur­ther than their fel­low students.

The re­sult­ing seven-minute film, Cul­ture at PC, will be screened this Thurs­day at Pataka along­side in­spir­ing doc­u­men­taries from students and pro­fes­sional film­mak­ers around the coun­try.

Bud­ding doc­u­men­tary-mak­ers Amanda Faauga, 16, Ri­hana Re­hen, 16, and Dakota MacDon­ald, 14, at­tended a day-long film sto­ry­telling work­shop in June with their film tu­tor, Karl Payne.

The work­shop was run by the In­spir­ing Sto­ries Trust, which held work­shops throughout New Zealand this win­ter teach­ing skills to cre­ative teens. At­ten­dees were en­cour­aged to make their own films, to be judged by top film­mak­ers in Novem­ber.

The mul­ti­cul­tural mix at Porirua Col­lege was what in­spired Cul­ture at PC, Amanda says.

‘‘Our school is mul­ti­cul­tural and a lot of peo­ple don’t see that, they just see it as the naughty col­lege,’’ she says.

The trio in­ter­viewed fel­low students about what cul­ture meant to them.

‘‘Peo­ple did agree that cul­ture was more than her­itage or blood. Some peo­ple were say­ing it was so­ci­ety or ideas or just hang­ing around with your friends,’’ Ri­hana says.

Footage of stu­dent cul­tural per­for­mances is shown be­tween in­ter­views.

The team worked ev­ery day af­ter school for a month to edit the film and pulled a five-hour shift af­ter school the day be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion closed.

Feed­back from the trust has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive – the film was slick and pro­fes­sion­ally shot, the students were told.

‘‘We were re­ally buzzed out when that hap­pened,’’ Ri­hana says. ‘‘It was all worth it.’’

In­spir­ing Sto­ries film-maker Lu David­son de­scribes Cul­ture at PC as ‘‘epic’’.

‘‘It blew me away. It was re­ally pro­fes­sion­ally done,’’ she says.

Watch Cul­ture at PC at the In­spir­ing Sto­ries film screening, Au­gust 23, 6pm till 8pm at Pataka, or on­line at vimeo.com/ 46666905. Pro­fes­sional : Stu­dent film-mak­ers Ri­hana Re­hen, Dakota MacDon­ald and Amanda Faauga, with Porirua Col­lege per­form­ing arts head of depart­ment Karl Payne, have pro­duced a short film ex­am­in­ing school cul­ture.

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