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Hilarious Local Documentary Returns !


Hilarious Local Documentary Returns !

Ever wonder about the creative ideas that never make it?

Perhaps not but, every year, Creative New Zealand receives hundreds of submissions for arts funding... and every year, hundreds of people are batted away - their ideas buried, possibly forever. Good thing or bad? Who knows? But it's funny to watch!

In July 2000, playwright Mel Johnston documented three applicants going through the process of applying to Creative New Zealand. The result, Confidence in me, is an intimate, funny, eye-opener of a film.

Confidence in me features comics Jo Randerson, Gentiane Lupi and Jonny Brugh, playwright Ryan McFadyen and the performance-poetry collective POART. As interviewer, camera operator and editor, Mel Johnston closely tracked their progress and created an entertaining, provocative 52m film which will have you cringing and feeling for these people, and laughing in recognition of the absurd bureaucratic hoop-jumping along the way...

"Determinedly alternative in style to the prime time TV documentaries that spoon-feed us by telling us what we'll see, explaining what we're seeing then reminding us what we've seen, Confidence In Me asks its audience to concentrate as much as they would on a live theatre show..." National Business Review

Confidence in me earned Mel Johnston a place as a finalist for the SPADA New Film-maker of the Year, and it returns to BATS Theatre just in time for Creative New Zealand's next funding round (which closes July 25).

CONFIDENCE IN ME A documentary film by Mel Johnston Digital video, 52m

Return season Bats Theatre, Wellington, July 7 - 12, 7pm Bookings: Ph 802 4175

Supported by Creative New Zealand's Screen Innovation Production Fund.


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