Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival

Rūrangi

1 screenings

26 JUL 2020 — Film

About.

Company

New Zealand International Film Festival

Duration

96 minutes

Restrictions

M Offensive language & suicide references

NZ 2020
In English and Te Reo Māori, with English subtitles

Premiering their forthcoming web series as a special festival presentation, director Max Currie (Everything We Loved, NZIFF14) and writer Cole Meyers’ queer and trans-positive drama swells with character and heart.

A‌ ‌young‌ ‌trans‌ ‌activist, ‌‌Caz‌ ‌(Elz‌ ‌Carrad),‌ ‌breaks‌ ‌down‌ ‌in‌ ‌tears‌ ‌in‌ ‌front‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌support‌ ‌group‌ ‌towards‌ ‌the‌ ‌start‌ ‌of‌ ‌‌Rūrangi‌.‌ ‌He‌ ‌doesn’t‌ ‌know‌ ‌how‌ ‌he‌ ‌can‌ ‌help‌ ‌the‌ ‌queer‌ ‌people‌ ‌in‌ ‌front‌ ‌of‌ ‌him,‌ ‌and‌ ‌feels‌ ‌entirely‌ ‌guilty,‌ ‌even‌ ‌shameful‌ ‌about‌ ‌that‌ ‌fact.‌ ‌Like‌ ‌many‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌young‌ ‌queer‌ ‌people,‌ ‌he’s‌ ‌burned‌ ‌out‌ ‌not‌ ‌by‌ ‌his‌ ‌struggle,‌ ‌but‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌struggle‌ ‌of‌ ‌those‌ ‌around‌ ‌him.‌ ‌Having fled his hometown of Rūrangi‌ to find himself, Caz returns ‌hoping‌ ‌to‌ ‌connect‌ ‌not‌‌ ‌just with‌ ‌his‌ ‌father‌ ‌(Kirk‌ ‌Torrance),‌ ‌who‌ ‌he‌ ‌left‌ ‌ten‌ ‌years‌ ‌ago,‌ ‌pre-transition,‌ but‌ ‌the‌ ‌small‌ ‌community‌ whose ‌residents are ‌having‌ ‌struggles of their own‌ ‌now‌ ‌as‌ ‌well.

Rūrangi‌ ‌‌is‌ ‌unapologetically‌ ‌frank‌ ‌and‌ ‌unapologetically‌ ‌queer, ‌with‌ ‌not‌ ‌just‌ ‌a‌ ‌strong‌ ‌ensemble‌ – ‌Ramon‌ ‌Te‌ ‌Wake,‌ ‌Arlo‌ ‌Green‌ ‌and‌ ‌Kirk‌ ‌Torrance‌ ‌being‌ ‌special‌ ‌standouts – ‌but‌ ‌a‌ ‌diverse,‌ ‌inclusive‌ ‌cast.‌ ‌But‌ ‌the‌ ‌calling‌ ‌card‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ web series, packaged here into a slick five-episode binge watch, is‌ ‌the‌ ‌searing‌ ‌screen‌ ‌debut‌ ‌of‌ ‌Elz‌ ‌Carrad.‌ ‌Carrad‌ ‌carries‌ ‌the‌ ‌entire‌ series ‌on‌ ‌his‌ ‌shoulders;‌ ‌he‌ ‌externalises,‌ ‌with‌ ‌detail‌ ‌and‌ ‌charisma,‌ ‌the‌ ‌struggles‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌person‌ ‌stuck‌ ‌between‌ ‌wanting,‌ ‌nay,‌ needing,‌ ‌to‌ ‌talk‌ ‌about‌ ‌and‌ ‌express‌ ‌his‌ ‌own‌ ‌demons,‌ ‌but‌ ‌always‌ ‌caught‌ ‌dealing‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌needs‌ ‌of‌ ‌others.‌ — Sam Brooks

Aotearoa films presented in association with Resene.

Credits

Max Currie

Director

Craig Gainsborough

Producer

Cole Meyers, Max Currie, Tweedie Waititi, Melissa Nickerson

Co-Producers

Cole Meyers, Oliver Page

Screenplay

Johannes Louis

Photography

Brough Johnson, Dan Kircher

Editors

Henric Matthiesen, Nick Lowry

Production designers

Lachlan Anderson

Music

With

Elz Carrad

Caz Davis

Kirk Torrance

Gerald David

Āwhina Rose Henare Ashby

Anahera

Arlo Green

Jem

Ramon Te Wake

Ellie

Renee Lyons

Colleen RIchter

Aroha Rawson

Whina

Renée Sheridan

Agnes

Sonny Tupu

Andrew ‘Andy’ Ainofo

Dates &
Times.

Sun 26 Jul 7:00 PM

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