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World Premiere of new Goldson Doco


World Premiere of new Goldson Doco

Annie Goldson documentaries are a staple at Kiwi Film Festivals. Her latest offering, AN ISLAND CALLING, traces the killings of Fiji Red Cross Director-General John Scott and his partner Greg Scrivener in Suva in 2001.

Goldson is Associate Professor at The University of Auckland's Department of Film, Television and Media Studies. Her previous films include ELGAR'S ENIGMA, PACIFIC SOLUTION, SHEILAS: 28 YEARS ON, PUNITIVE DAMAGE and GEORGIE GIRL, and in 2007 Goldson was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit (OMNZ).

The double murder is still clouded in rumour and political mystery. Scott, a fourth-generation, Fiji-born European, was the repatriated prodigal son of a powerful colonial family. As the Director-General of the Fiji Red Cross, he had gained international attention during the coup of 2000 when he went to the assistance of hostages trapped in Parliament for 56 days.

Guided by John's brother Owen Scott, AN ISLAND CALLING features interviews with friends, lawyers, Fijian gay activists, seasoned Fiji observers and acquaintances of the murdered pair. The film also includes interviews with the family and friends of 22-year-old Apete Kaisau, who was ultimately charged with the killings.

AN ISLAND CALLING will make its World Premiere at the Academy Cinemas during the World Cinema Showcase at 1:30pm on Sunday the 30th of March.

Bill Gosden, Director of the World Cinema Showcase calls the film "excellent" and says it "provides a context for these horrific deaths, placing this tragedy within Fiji's volatile heritage of colonial privilege, evangelical Christianity, immigrant work force and indigenous entitlement."

AN ISLAND CALLING was commissioned and funded by TV3 and NZOA, with additional funding from SBS and the Sundance Documentary Institute. A shorter version of the film, titled TABU SORO: MURDER IN THE PACIFIC (44 mins) will air on New Zealand's TV3 and Australia's SBS shortly.

For details about the World Premiere or additional screening times visit: www.worldcinemashowcase.co.nz.

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