Film fes­ti­val re­vived

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Do away with the scorched earth at­ti­tude to weeds and use en­vi­ron­men­tally healthy meth­ods of weed con­trol such as mow­ing or steam.

Try and get things done at home...around the farm and gar­den. The Hokianga Film Fes­ti­val is be­ing re­vived, eight years on from the last run­ning of the event.

Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor Jessie McVeagh says the event prom­ises to be a nice mix of lo­cal con­tent and other films that she thinks Hokianga peo­ple will en­joy and re­late to.

‘‘It’s cel­e­brat­ing lo­cal and New Zealand films and indige­nous films pri­mar­ily and Rawene is go­ing to be at the heart of it,’’ McVeagh says.

It will be the first time since 2009, that the fes­ti­val has taken place. McVeagh will share her own film, which shows lo­cal woman Tanya Filia’s story of beat­ing the odds that doc­tors gave her for sur­viv­ing can­cer.

The fes­ti­val theme is ‘In­spir­ing Hokianga’. It be­gins on Oc­to­ber 20 with a video in­stal­la­tion at the No.1 Gallery in Rawene, with works from lo­cal artists fol­lowed by 2017 film

Other con­tent will in­clude doc­u­men­taries on lo­cal is­sues, McVeagh says, in­clud­ing a protest on deep sea oil drilling and wahi tapu sites.

Act­ing, cin­e­matog­ra­phy, and screen writ­ing work­shops pro­vided by in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and ques­tion and an­swer ses­sions will fea­ture through­out the week­end.

Lo­cal youth are also set to per­form spo­ken word po­etry.

Hokianga Film Fes­ti­val Oc­to­ber 20-23, Rawene Hall. Visit www.hokian­gafilm.com

‘‘The Kerik­eri mar­kets. It's en­joy­able to go there; the so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and the am­bi­ence.’’

Marty Robin­son

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