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Gavin Hipkins: Three Short Films

Gavin Hipkins: Three Short Films

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  • Thu 28 Nov ’13, 6:30pm – 8:15pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


The Film Archive

Join us for festivities celebrating the opening of the Film Archive’s season of Gavin Hipkins’ short film, "The Dam (O)". Refreshments at 6.30pm, before a 7pm screening of "The Dam (O)" alongside two of Hipkins’ other short films, "This Fine Island" and "The Quarry". The screening will be followed by a talk by the film maker.

"The Dam (O)" - 2013, 7 min
"The Dam (O)" showed at the Oberhausen Short Film Festival and New Zealand International Film Festival earlier this year. "The Dam (O)" incorporates both naturalist and abstracted footage. It combines a montage of footage from Auckland’s five Waitakere Ranges dams built during the 1920s. It stars leading New Zealand actor Matthew Sunderland ("Out of the Blue") as a Pakeha wandering through this historic terrain. The film traces his physical and psychological journey through the interconnecting dams, surrounding native bush, and abandoned small-gauge railway tracks. Mature kauri trees feature in the film, recalling the historic setting of the location as feeding ground for exported native timber. The film plays up the potential of drama, tragedy, and suspense, as our protagonist circumnavigates the concrete structures from heights and stares into the abyss.

"The Quarry" - 2013, 11 min
Recently launched at Christchurch's The Physics Room, "The Quarry" is a short film essay that combines footage recorded in Christchurch’s post-earthquake expanding and proposed new suburbs including Belfast, Delamain, and Wigram Park. Fractured rock forms from Halswell Quarry and pastoral scenes from Hagley Park are interspersed as naturalistic and abstracted motifs. The film juxtaposes these images with a monologue taken from John Ruskin’s meditations on architectural form and beauty in "The Stones of Venice." This experimental poetic film explores the relationship between architectural values and current utopian aspirations for Christchurch’s rebuild. "The Quarry" features a soundtrack by Auckland-based artist and musician Torben Tilly.

"This Fine Island" - 2012, 12 min
A postcolonial ballad that revisits Charles Darwin’s journey to the Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1835. This contemporary adaptation quotes Darwin’s journal, The "Voyage of the Beagle." In this poetic experimental film, Darwin’s nineteenth-century travel writing becomes vehicle for present day tourisms, travel romance, and racial othering, against the backdrop of New Zealand’s lush native landscape.

Free admission, limited seating. To secure your seat, please RSVP to ellenpullar@nzfa.org.nz

Hipkins’ "The Dam (O)" will be on display in the mediagallery from 29 Nov - 20 Dec 2013 & 13 Jan - 8 Feb 2014. At the Film Archive, 84 Taranaki St, Wellington.

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