17 Jul 2009

Maori film seen as in good heart

5:27 pm on 17 July 2009

A prominent Maori producer believes Maori film is ready for another push into international markets.

Tainui Stephens is taking part in a forum this weekend as part of the Auckland Film Festival.

Waatea News reports that cultural capital and how to use Maori culture in the film-making process will be discussed.

After a dearth in recent years, Mr Stephens says, the Maori world is "on the brink" of wonderful new film and television stories.

He says the New Zealand debut of director Armegan Ballantyne and writer Briar Grace-Smith's Strength of Water on Saturday and the imminent release of Taika Waititi's Volcano and Michael Bennett's Matariki show that Maori story-telling is in good heart.