Filmmaking is alive and well in Raglan, if this year’s nominations for the Raglan Arts Festival Film Awards are anything to go by. Here’s a peek at the 2015 shortlist which covers a diverse array of topics and genres:
KUHL is a short surf/lifestyle film depicting a day in the life of a Raglan surfer, while The Ultimate Waterman covers all the thrilling action from this year’s contest to find the world’s best all-round waterman.
The plight of the Maui dolphin is the subject of several submissions. Message to the Minister captures the concerns of Raglan locals about the future of this critically endangered dolphin; Maui Dolphin Day is a record of the 2015 Raglan event, while Save Maui Dolphin’s Today is a music video starring musician Tiki Taane and children from Raglan Area School.
Raglan’s growing cultural diversity is explored in an episode of TVNZ show Neighbourhood (narrated by Masterchef Aaron Brunet) while in Raglan Remembers, producers Ken Soanes and Mike O’Neill interview Raglan locals about their relatives’ involvement in World War One.
Plus, music and dance in Nevereverland, a sweet story about a humble New Zealand farming couple in Ross & Beth, short historical documentary Tippahee and many more.
Extracts from selected RAFFA films will be screened before main feature films throughout the festival, and at the Red Carpet Awards night. For full details of this year’s RAFFA nominees, please see the official film festival programme, available from the Old School.
Talented local filmmakers gathered at the Raglan Old School Arts Centre on Saturday for the 2013 Red Carpet Awards Night.
Celebrating the achievements of local filmmakers and actors, the evening marked the grand finale of the Raglan Film Festival.
Guests were treated to a delicious buffet dinner and a showing of RAFFA-nominated films, before the 2013 winners were revealed.
This year’s RAFFA Awards were presented to:
Music Video Award: Cornerstone Roots for Take Me Through My Life.
Best Director Award: Ben Lenzner for The Backwards Rider.
Best Actress Award: Vanessa Moltzen in Restless.
Best Short Film Award: KASM and Juan Duazo for A Hoe Coastal Journey.
RAFFA Feature Film Award: James Brown for Red, White Black and Blue. Young Talent Award: Mungo Bates for Déjà vu Skate.
For the first time in the history of the awards, each winner was presented with a cash prize, as well as a custom-designed trophy from local steel artists Philip and Emily Meek. Winner of the Young Talent Award, Mungo Bates, was presented with $200. Certificates were also presented to the following RAFFA nominees, in recognition of the high-quality calibre of their entries:
Dave Duffin and Kurt Oram for Roy Stuart, Surfer.
Mike O’Neill and Lyn Kriegler for Khushi.
Juan Duazo for Silent Might
Micah Puklowski for Restless.
The organisers of the festival wish to thank: the Raglan Soccer Mums for their tasty catering; Lucretia Perkins for serving refreshments; paparazzi Jwan Milek for capturing all the red carpet action; MC Ruth Port; festival sponsors DroidWorx, Stendy Electrical, PiwiWiwi Campers, Grolsch Beer, Whaingaroa Environment Centre, Creative Communities NZ (Waikato District), Raglan Club and Raglan Community Radio; the filmmakers for sharing their talents and the Raglan community for supporting this year’s festival.
We screened the first of the RAFFA nominees on Friday evening including Red, White, Black and Blue. Had the film’s Director James Brown along to introduce the film. Also had the Melville High rugby team, who feature in the film come along. Great night!
With A Deeper Shade of Blue, Jack McCoy sets an ambitious agenda telling the story of surfing (from start to finish) in a way that both surfers and non-surfers find compelling. The film paints an inspiring portrait of our relationship with the sea through a diverse cast of characters. We visit professional surfing through the lens of Jamie O’Brien. We see women’s surfing through Steph Gilmore’s eyes. We learn about big-wave riding through the experiences of Shipsterns Bluff charger Marti Paradisis. Each fragment of surf culture has an assigned ambassador, and while McCoy’s selection process is interesting, the spokespersons are essentially interchangeable; none are acutely singular, yet all are authentic.
Jack McCoy uses the evolution of the surfboard as a timeline communicating directly to non-surfers, which is most obviously evidenced by the photography.
McCoy’s underwater footage is mesmerizing. Whatever the cost, his underwater jet ski was worth it. The innovative piece of equipment exposes a groundbreaking new vantage to the world. The sessions documented at Teahupoo and Shipsterns Bluff are equally impressive. Beyond that, A Deeper Shade of Blue may showcase the finest women’s surfing segments to date. Every woman on screen successfully exits at least one 6-Mississippi-barrel. And as beautiful as all of the women featured in the film are, there are no gratuitous bikini shots – just extremely impressive surfing.
A Deeper Shade of Blue also makes a poignant observation three-quarters of the way through the film when the narrator notes that surf culture grew so large in the late ‘60s that “authentically” documenting the experience of surfing became a career. That’s just what Jack did, and his A Deeper Shade of Blue accurately reflects this.