Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Film Production Fund's first film

11 September 2001 Media Statement

Film Production Fund's first film


Prime Minister and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Helen Clark today welcomed the announcement that the first film produced out of the Film Production Fund will be Whale Rider, based on the novel by acclaimed New Zealand writer Witi Ihimaera.

The film will be made by Auckland-based South Pacific Pictures and directed by Niki Caro (Memory and Desire), who has also adapted the novel for the screen. It will be shot on location in Gisborne later this year.

The New Zealand Film Production Fund was established last year to support the production of films of New Zealand on a larger scale. The government contributed $22 million toward the establishment of the Fund, which is administered by an independent trust.

To qualify for funding from the New Zealand Film Production Fund, projects must be feature films with significant New Zealand content and be made by New Zealand film-makers who have already made at least one feature. In addition to these criteria, there are a number of operating guidelines including one to the effect that at least 40 per cent of the budget should come from off-shore sources.

Helen Clark said the announcement was exciting news for the film industry.

"It is important, both culturally and for the economy, that we have a strong and vibrant local film industry. Whale Rider is an exciting venture and demonstrates that the public and private sectors can work together.

"Our aim is to build a sustainable industry which fosters opportunities for local writers, actors and production staff. Ventures like Whale Rider will produce not only the intrinsic cultural benefits from a thriving film industry, but also the tangible economic benefits in terms of jobs."

Whale Rider has a budget of around NZ$10 million, over half of which has come from Europe, from co-producer ApolloMedia in Germany and pre-sales to France and Italy. The New Zealand Film Commission, NZ on Air and Filmstiftung NRW are also investors in the film.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>

 

Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels