29 Feb 2016

Weekend RNZ highlights (29 February)

From Widescreen, 9:29 am on 29 February 2016

It was a big weekend for screen coverage on RNZ and here are the highlights collected in one convenient location.

Akuhata Keefe as Simeon in Lee Tamahori’s Mahana

Akuhata Keefe as Simeon in Lee Tamahori’s Mahana Photo: eOne

Firstly, Kiwi director Lee Tamahori (Once Were WarriorsDie Another Day) has returned to make a feature in New Zealand for the first time in 20 years. Mahana is adapted from Witi Ihimaera’s novel Bulibasha and opens across the country on 3 March. His only NZ interview to support the film was with Kim Hill on Saturday morning:


While Mahana gets all the attention for local films this week, Stallone Ioasa’s Three Wise Cousins has been quietly setting the local box office on fire. Simon Morris spoke to him on Standing Room Only about the phenomenal response (in NZ, Samoa and Australia) and why he turned down NZFC funding:

You can hear Simon’s review of Three Wise Cousins on At the Movies.


Also on Standing Room Only, Lynn Freeman spoke to Julia Wayne from the Film Foundation in the US about preservation and education programmes to preserve our screen heritage:


On Sunday Morning, Wallace Chapman spoke to documentary director Emad Burnat about his Oscar-nominated film 5 Broken Cameras and the screenings and discussions he is holding around NZ: