The documentary “There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho” that my partner Lyn Collie has spent her ‘spare’ time producing for the last four years is about to get it screened in New Zealand at the film festivals starting this weekend. It has already been screened or is scheduled to screen in over 10 film festivals worldwide. It has won three festival prizes and has international distribution with Journeyman Pictures (UK). In 2011 it will screen on America’s PBS network.
The documentary follows the lives of three people on Takuu, a unique Pacific Island fishing community, as they face the first devastating effects of climate change, including a terrifying flood. In the course of the film the islanders decide whether to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever.
The director Briar March has come home from her studies at Stanford in the US to do the Q&A at each of the screenings. The first screening in Auckland will have a party and short panel discussion at the Wintergardens, downstairs at the Civic Theatre. You’ll be able to hear more from Briar, as well as earth scientists John Hunter and Scott Smithers, who appear in the film, Auckland University Ethnomusicologist Richard Moyle, and a representative from Oxfam New Zealand. I suspect that I will break my anti-social behaviors to be there as well 🙂
This is a really good documentary. Even now, after being forced to watch quite a few times during editing and post-production, I’m still looking forward to seeing it on the big screen. I think that most people will find the documentary fascinating for its look at a Polynesian culture living an average of a metre above mean high tide in these times.
Ticket bookings can be made at ticketek by clicking here. For the Auckland screenings, through the box office at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. You can also try to buy a seat before the screening, but the tickets are selling faster than expected.
Sunday July 18, 1.30pm, Skycity Theatre (followed by party and panel discussion)
Wednesday July 21, 11.15am, Skycity Theatre
Sunday 25 Jul, 3:45pm Rialto Cinemas Dunedin
Tuesday 27 Jul, 6:15pm Paramount
Saturday July 31, 6.00pm Regent on Worcester
Monday August 2, 12.00pm Regent on Worcester