Check out Cannes film talent at Te Papa

Garry Watson of Torere, Te Kaha, and of Tainui and Ngāi Tai descent, shares the landscape that saved and healed him. Still from the film 'My Place', Blood Earth Fire Whangai Whenua Ahi Kā exhibition, directed by Mark Albiston, copyright Te Papa 2006

Garry Watson of Torere, Te Kaha, and of Tainui and Ngāi Tai descent, shares the landscape that saved and healed him. Still from the film ‘My Place’, Blood Earth Fire Whangai Whenua Ahi Kā exhibition, directed by Mark Albiston, copyright Te Papa 2006

Big congratulations to Wellington film director Mark Albiston, who won this Monday 25 May special mention at the Cannes Film Festival for his short film ‘The Six Dollar Fifty Man’. Two years ago he also received special mention for his short film ‘Run’.

Mark’s worked with the Interpretive team at Te Papa on several occasions, most notably by directing the film ‘My Place’ for the long-term exhibition Blood Earth Fire Whangāi Whenua Ahi Kā.  ‘My Place’ broke new ground in production values for a museum film, and was invited to screen at the Māori Film Festival. It’s also been a big hit with international visitors – every week we get emails from around the world asking to buy a copy (sorry guys, it’s not for sale).

If you haven’t already seen ‘My Place’, do pop along anytime to Blood Earth Fire (Level 3) anytime during opening hours – entry’s free. It runs for 30 minutes on constant loop and you can jump into the theatre anytime.

Mark’s currently negotiating international funding for his first feature film ‘Shopping’. He’s a talent to watch and we’ll no doubt be seeing more of him on the big screen. Go Mark!

Post by Lucinda Blackley, Team Leader Interpretation

2 Responses

  1. gabrielle miri

    Kia ora
    I would like to know the name of the maori dancer that is featured in the film My Place you had running within the blood earth fire exhibition. I absolutly loved the expo by the way, fantastic, beautifully set up and documented, very much engaging! Thankyou
    Kia ora ra Miri ama

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    • tepapamuseum

      Kia ora Gabrielle,

      Apologies for the delay in responding to your comment, it took me a while to track down her name! I believe it’s Louise Potiki Bryant, a dancer and choreographer.

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