Southern short film to premiere at festival

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 13:16 21/03/2014
Kia Ora Miguel

Actors Tumai Cassidy, right, as Miguel, and Cyril Gilroy as Koro in Jamiee Poipoi's short film "Kia Ora Miguel".

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A Southland-produced film will premiere at an international festival this month, before coming home for a special Invercargill screening.

Kia Ora Miguel, an 8-minute 30-second film written and directed by southern film-maker Jamiee Poipoi, has been chosen to screen at the Maoriland Film Festival, at Otaki, next week.

The short film, telling the story of a Maori couple trying to connect with their Spanish-speaking grandson, was shot in Dunedin and received support from the Southern Institute of Technology and featured a partially Southland cast and crew.

Poipoi said she was very excited to be showing the movie at the festival.

The film-making process had been quite long, made more complicated by the Spanish parts of the script, she said.

"I was actually really terrified . . . because they tell you never work with children.

"I had a child and he also had to speak another language. I made it really difficult for myself."

However, actor Tumai Cassidy, who was 11 when the movie was shot, spoke Maori fluently and so picked up the necessary Spanish quickly, Poipoi said.

The Maoriland Film Festival showcases indigenous cinema from around the world, and this year features actor and director Taika Waititi, most famous for his 2010 film Boy, as a guest.

After screening at the festival, Kia Ora Miguel will be shown at the Civic Theatre, Invercargill, on March 28. Entry costs $6, with viewings at 9.30am and 3.30pm.

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- The Southland Times

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