MistyFlicks 2019 Lineup

“A great showcase for local short films and a viable pathway for aspiring filmmakers to present their work.” - Scott Granville

Breakery

On his release from the Treemore Correctional Facility for Men, career burglar Karl Plunkett Jr. is determined to make amends for his earlier life of crime. Enlisting the help of younger brother Brian, Karl embarks on a quest for redemption – through the unconventional method of breaking into his former victim’s homes and replacing earlier stolen household items with goods of equal value. 

Breakery is just one of many short films produced by dynamic filmmaking duo Ben Woollen (Director) and Scott Granville (Producer) – also known as Chasing Time English.

Life is the Pits

Life is the Pits follows Aidin Aikin, a 16 year old unsuccessful mini-stock car racer chasing an elusive win in his last gasp race. Tag along for Aidin’s passionate, raw and hilarious last day at the track. In amongst the laughs, roar of engines and perfume of gas, we find out, Why does he do it? What does it feel like? And most importantly if he wins. 

Oscar Smit, 16 year old student attending Hauraki Plains College in Ngatea. Interests include basketball, gaming, literature and movies. He has a passion for film making and he would love to make his passion a career in the future.

Mana Wāhine

Working in a birth centre in the Waikato, Kelly Anne Spriggs would watch pregnant women arriving for antenatal classes and noticed there were rarely any Māori women. She was told it was because few Māori women attended antenatal education, she decided to do something about it. Now she organises classes to empower hapū wāhine and their whānau to use traditional Māori practises.

Hamilton based Dave Murray (director) known for music videos for the likes of Avalanche City, Mikey Mayz, Armed in Advance and The Heart of Katherine.

PassionFruit

Passion Fruit is the embodiment of the pursuit of what drives you in life. Meet Giulia and Andrea, two Italian surfers who settled in Aotearoa New Zealand to follow their passion for surfing. Water and the sea appear in all Māori myths connected to the Land of the Long White Cloud, and they command respect and dedication. 

Giulia Bartolucci and Andrea Masini (directors) are a couple originally from Italy. They came to New Zealand 4 years ago and moved to Raglan. While having dinner with Sara Guix (cinematographer/editor) and Gianluca Semeraro (production assistant), the idea of Passion Fruit was born. What they wanted to project: More Freedom and Less Perfection. This is Passion Fruit.

Play Dead

Play Dead is a dark comedy about the Waikato rural lifestyle. When Kate, a city mum living rurally, is driven to extremes, she must embrace the country ways to protect her family. 

Adam Harvey is a Waikato based filmmaker and lapsed orthopedic surgeon. He stopped putting metal in people when he realized it was better for his health to make gory films about it instead. Medicine has given Adam a very focused work ethic and a dark sense of humour. He now concentrates on writing and directing full time, whilst attempting to raise his children in the ways of the Force.

Plural

Dan Inglis was the producer, director, animator and editor for Plural. An experimental short film exploring concepts of mythology, world-view, subjectivity, and relationships between human perception and nature. The music, by Eddie Petersen. 

The film received a Special Jury Citation at the 9th Annual Oxford Film Festival, Oxford, Mississippi, USA, in 2012.

Red on the Green

Red on the Green was made for Tropfest NZ 2015. It's a humorous reimagining of all those classic Western bar shoot outs, only in a regional New Zealand bowls club. 

Adam Harvey is a Waikato based filmmaker and lapsed orthopedic surgeon. He stopped putting metal in people when he realized it was better for his health to make gory films about it instead. Medicine has given Adam a very focused work ethic and a dark sense of humour. He now concentrates on writing and directing full time, whilst attempting to raise his children in the ways of the Force.

Revolver'sKiss

In the wild west, a notorious gunslinger completes his daily roundup of bounties but is then blindsided by a mysterious woman who makes his day a little more complicated than he'd anticipated. 

Born and raised in New Zealand, Floris Van Gaalen chose cinema as his medium of choice because of its enormous tool-set. Photography, performance, and music all blended into one detailed sensory experience. He is based in a small town called Hamilton and hopes to one day make feature films on the world stage.

Te Akau

A young girl being raised by her father alone in this beautiful country of New Zealand. She was born in Te Akau on the West Coast in 1978 but due to the death of her mother, on the day of her birth, her father moved them both to Auckland. He was emotionally absent through her life, due to his own grief. A story about first love, loss, loneliness and having to make a decision that could change her life forever. 

Eraina A. McGrath, born in Morrinsville, has a unique style to her short film/scenes. Eraina's experiences of life growing up in NZ comes across in her writing and cinematic flow.