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Someday Stories 2020: Six new short films by young filmmakers will emerge post-lockdown


05 May 2020

This collection of short sustainability-focused films that will form the fourth series of New Zealand's Someday Stories are scheduled to be released at the end of this year.

Born in 2007, The Outlook for Someday is a film programme in which young filmmakers are invited to deliver work that investigates sustainability. It is built on a holistic interpretation of the idea of sustainability, covering four pou: the environment, society, culture and the economy. Someday Stories is the latest in a three-step talent development pathway for young New Zealanders that also includes the annual Someday Challenge and Someday Workshops.

In 2020, the films explore a range of themes; from sexual harassment to the housing crisis, to the dangers of nesting on a popular beach. Each film is being created by a team of emerging filmmakers, ages 24-29, who will be supported with mentorships and script consultancies from prominent film industry figures.

The Someday Stories team will closely work with each production to ensure filming takes place safely and within the rules set out by the New Zealand Government. The productions will be guided by the standard, protocols and toolkit which has been prepared by ScreenSafe. The standard and protocols are currently being reviewed and endorsed by WorkSafe / Mahi Haumaru.

The films will be screened later in 2020 by Stuff, Māori Television On Demand and RNZ.

Someday Stories films are produced by Connected Media Trust with support from NZ On AirThe Vista FoundationTe Māngai Pāho and the New Zealand Film Commission in association with StuffMāori Television On Demand and Radio NZ.

Details on the six commissioned films:

Genre: Drama
Synopsis: In a coming-of-age exploration of body identity, generational trauma and the plus size experience, a starry-eyed teenager actively re-imagines the world around her as she encounters first love and first heartbreak.
Writer/Director: Grace Hood-Edwards
Producer: Elana Tkatch
Production Mentor: Alix Whittaker

Blue Ecks
Genre: Animated Drama
Synopsis: When countless new tenants show up in his apartment, introverted Blue Ecks fights to preserve his privacy and keep his cactus alive.
Director: Bobby Stannard 
Writer: Danny Lam
Producer: Puteri Raja Ariff 
Production Mentor: Antony Elworthy

Genre: Drama 
Synopsis: A young lawyer is asked to serve legal documents in a case she knows nothing about, and realises she might be more culpable than she'd hoped.
Writer/Director: Karin McCracken
Producer: Nicola Bailey
Production Mentor: Jackie van Beek

Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A waitress finds herself unable to speak up when put in a harmful situation by a customer in a position of power. 
Writer: Rhiannon McCall
Director: Ella Hope-Higginson
Producer: Casey Latch
Production Mentor: Georgina Conder

Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: Aute explores the importance of preserving indigenous rituals and maintaining a harmonious relationship between the land and tangata whenua. 
Director: Nicole Hunt
Producer: Eden Vawdrey
Production Mentor: Nicola Smith
Te Ao Māori advs: Komako Silver & Te Kuru Dewes

Nest 38
Genre: Documentary
Synopsis: A pair of Banded Dotterels attempt to defy the odds to raise their chicks on a surprisingly hostile New Zealand beach, as their self-appointed guardian Ailsa watches on.
Dir/Co-Producer: Tegan Good
Co-Producer: Tom Neunzerling
Production Mentor: Sarah Grohnert