Ngaio film-maker picked for Wairoa festival
It was a close shave, but a budding Ngaio film-maker's latest production has made it into the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in Wairoa next month.
Nathaniel Hinde's short documentary, Shave for a Cure, was included as a late entry to the festival earlier in the week, much to his delight.
"I was checking the programme [for the festival] quite a lot, but my name wasn't there,'' Hinde said. ''I had given up on thinking the film would get in.
"To be selected is really special to me. For me, it's more rewarding than any monetary gain.''
He was now hoping to raise $500 to get him to the festival on Queen's Birthday Weekend by selling copies of the film.
Hinde's film documents a night at the Wainuiomata Rugby Club last May.
Raukura Maxwell and Tammy Ka took part in the Leukaemia Foundation's shave for a cure, and Hinde was there to capture the moment.
He filmed it mostly for the two girls shaving their heads, but the vibe of the night turned the film into something special, he said.
"The emotion and the electricity that night was something that I hadn't experienced.''
The film cost nothing to make and just a day to edit, but Hinde was delighted with the way it had turned out.
"I don't think I'll ever get sick of watching it. It makes me feel good every time I see it.''
Hinde was committed to the Leukaemia Foundation, a cause his film promotes, having recently lost relatives to cancer.
Shave for a Cure made it two films in two years for Hinde, after his short film The First Stage is Disbelief screened at the 2011 Maori film festival.
Hinde won a Pikihuia Award for best short film script in 2009, which was what made him decide to take film-making further.
He said the best thing about the Maori film festival was the opportunity to meet other Maori film-makers.
''They're pretty scarce in Wellington.''
Hinde was hoping to start shooting his next short film, Ngairef, in July.
He said he also had aims of making a feature film next year and had applied for the New Zealand Film Commission's escalator fund.
- To buy Shave for a Cure email firstname.lastname@example.org. DVDs are $10. Proceeds go towards festival and travel costs with any extra money going to the Leukaemia Foundation.
- The Wellingtonian