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Someday Stories: Six Films By Emerging Young Film-Makers From Aotearoa New Zealand


18 August 2017

Six short films by emerging New Zealand film-makers go online in August and September 2017.

Each film is a personal take on the theme of sustainability by its director, all of whom are in their 20s.

Someday Stories delves into a broad range of topics: the right to be heard, gender representation, intergenerational compassion, the life of a refugee survivor, taonga puoro (traditional Māori instruments used in healing) and resilience in post-earthquake Christchurch.

The film-makers were teamed up with production mentors from the film industry for guidance and support as they made their film.

Their films will go online two per week (Mondays and Thursdays) at Māori Television On Demand and The Wireless from 24 August.

One of the films will also screen at as it is made by a young Pasifika film-maker.
Here is the promo for the series:

Someday Stories is an initiative of The Outlook for Someday sustainability film project for young people. It is supported by NZ On Air, the New Zealand Film Commission and The Body Shop.

Here is information about each of the six films, including release dates and links to promos, publicity packs and downloadable high-resolution images:



Release Date: Thursday 24 August

A story following the journey of Jerome Kavanagh, a young Māori practitioner of taonga puoro (traditional instruments used in sacred, ritual and healing ceremonies) as he revives ancient ancestral practices in our contemporary world.

Genre: Documentary

Producer/Director/Writer: Komako Silver

Co-Producer: Julie Zhu

Production Mentor: Kay Ellmers


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Release Date: Monday 28 August

A young woman in a desperate situation finds unexpected compassion on a remote stretch of coastline.

Genre: Drama

Director/Writer: Alistair MacDonald

Producer: Sophia Seaton

Production Mentor: Fraser Brown


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Release Date: Thursday 31 August

Three young poets navigate their identity through spoken word poetry.

Genre: Spoken Word / Dance

Producer / Director: Miliama Setefano

Writers: Zechariah Soakai, Kyla Dela Cruz and Liam Jacobson

Production Mentor: Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa


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Release Date: Monday 4 September

Two teens in an earthquake damaged city go on a journey to rediscover the life in the cracks.

Genre: Drama

Director/Writer: Ellen Jones-Poole

Producer: Hannah Toulson

Production Mentor: Gillian Ashurst


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Release Date: Thursday 7 September

A young New Zealander and his father explore their family's refugee story as survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Genre: Animated Documentary

Producer/Director/Writer: Isaiah Tour

Production Mentor: Leanne Pooley


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Release Date: Monday 11 September

Shakespeare as you've never seen her: remixed, remastered, and rediscovered.

Genre: Drama

Producer/Director/Writer: Stella Reid

Co-Producer: Laura Robinson

Production Mentor: Catherine Fitzgerald


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The Outlook for Someday in 2017 is based on partnerships between Connected Media Charitable Trust and The Body Shop New ZealandNew Zealand Film CommissionNZ On AirMinistry of Youth DevelopmentDepartment of Conservation (through the DOC Community Fund), Auckland CouncilHealth Promotion AgencyToimata Foundation and Weta Digital.

Media Partners are StuffMāori TelevisionThe WirelessThe CoconetThe Adam & Eve ShowWhat NowTearawayUpstart, Villainesse and Screenz.

Funding Partners are Te Māngai PāhoCreative New Zealand's Creative Communities SchemeThe Trusts Community FoundationLion FoundationDragon Community TrustFour Winds Foundation and BlueSky Community Trust.

Regional Partners are Foundation North, WEL Energy TrustRotorua Energy Charitable TrustEastern and Central Community TrustWellington Community TrustCommunity Trust of Mid and South CanterburyRātā FoundationCentral Lakes TrustOtago Community Trust and Community Trust of Southland.

Photogear is Technology Partner, O'Halloran North Shore is Accountancy Partner and Stephens Lawyers is Honorary Legal Advisor.

Rockstock and Soar Printing are Paper and Print Partners.

Auckland LiveKarma Cola and Austin's are Event Partners.

The Screen Production and Development Association of New Zealand (SPADA) and the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) are Industry Partners.

Connected MediaThe Body ShopNZ On AirTe Mangai PahoNew Zealand Film ComissionMinistry Of Youth DevelopmentDepartment of ConsersationHealth Promotion AgencyAuckland CouncilToimata FoundationWeta DigitalVista Foundation StuffMaori TelevisionThe WirelessThe CoconetWhat NowTearawayUpstartVillainesseNZ Web FestHEIHEI Stephens LawyersO'Halloran SoarRockstock AS ColourBig Tree StudiosDefender BagsDigital PigeonEcostoreEl FramoHoytsKarma ColaLifeguard & Safety Ltd.Lothlorien PhotogearRed Carpet TVShow Me ShortsRandom Graphix