Hawaii Film Blog

Friday, November 18, 2005

Hawaii Looks to New Zealand

At the 13th Annual Screen Production and Development Conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Maori filmmaker and University of Hawaii teacher Merata Mita talked about Hawaii's film landscape. She said that Hawaii is often used as a back lot by Hollywood, and boasts no film industry of its own. But local filmmakers are beginning to change that, and indigenous filmmakers in particular are looking to New Zealand filmmakers for inspiration.

It should be noted that the New Zealand government has long supported its homegrown filmmakers, allowing a local film industry to flourish and bear such films as "Utu," "Once Were Warriors," and "Whale Rider," and such directors as Peter Jackson ("Lord of the Rings"), who brought much film business to his home country.

Filmmakers from around the world meet in Wellington [Newstalk ZB, 11/18/05]

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