A chance to see Ma¯ori film maker’s work

Te Puke Times - - NEWS -

More peo­ple are to be given the op­por­tu­nity to see a lo­cally pro­duced film, Mer­ata: How Mum De­colonised the Screen.

Bay of Plenty Film, in con­junc­tion with Suf­frage 125 Tau­ranga, has ar­ranged an ad­di­tional screen­ing of the film that fo­cuses on Mer­ata Mita, the pi­o­neer­ing Ma¯ori film­maker and in­ter­na­tional cham­pion of women in indige­nous film.

Born in Maketu¯, Mer­ata Mita was the first woman in New Zealand to write and di­rect a dra­matic fea­ture film, and Heperi’s film screen­ing has been a key event for lo­cal Suf­frage 125 com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Her son Heperi Mita, who is orig­i­nally from the Bay of Plenty, has col­lab­o­rated with his sib­lings to de­liver a richly per­sonal por­trait. Heperi was also the key­note pre­sen­ter at Bay of Plenty Film’s in­au­gu­ral in­dus­try fo­rum Te Ata ear­lier this year.

The film has other Bay of Plenty con­nec­tions, in­clud­ing pro­ducer Chelsea Win­stan­ley, who grew up in Tau­ranga, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Cliff Cur­tis, and di­rec­tor of pho­tog­ra­phy Mike Jonathan who are both from Ro­torua.

The film orig­i­nally had two screen­ings sched­uled in Tau­ranga as part of the New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (NZIFF), and when CEO An­ton Steel heard that the first ses­sion of the film had sold out, he could see that there was de­mand for the screen­ing lo­cally, and started mak­ing ar­range­ments for an ad­di­tional screen­ing.

■ The ad­di­tional screen­ing of Mer­ata: How Mum De­colonised the Screen has been con­firmed for Septem­ber 16 at 3.45pm at Rialto Cin­ema, Tau­ranga. Tick­ets are avail­able now from Rialto Tau­ranga.

Visit the NZIFF web­site for more in­for­ma­tion about the film.

Born in Maketu¯, Mer­ata Mita was the first woman in New Zealand to write and di­rect a dra­matic fea­ture film, and Heperi’s film screen­ing has been a key event for lo­cal Suf­frage 125 com­mem­o­ra­tions.’

HEPERI Mita pre­sent­ing at the Te Ata fo­rum in the wharenui at ta­mara¯kau¯Marae.O

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