Showcasing the most popular and groundbreaking documentaries, Doc Edge, Australasia’s premier & Academy Award qualifying film festival, returns to Q Theatre celebrating its 14th anniversary.
2019 Programme Summary – 65 true stories This year, you will find a variety selections of premium documentaries from world festival favourites to celebrations of whānau and fearless wāhine. Also, there are 8 categories carefully curated by Doc Edge investigations of crime & conspiracy, explorations everyday life & artistic excellence, and much more.
Premiere screening of Geek Girls a documentary film by Gina Hara.
The hidden half of nerd culture.
Geek Girls is the first feature-length documentary exploring the hidden half of fan culture: nerdy women. Although geeky communities have recently risen to prominence as major cultural contributors, very little attention has been directed towards the women who live and work with nerd culture on a daily basis.
Filmmaker Gina Hara addresses this oversight by delving into a world of professional gamers, cute dresses, fake names, and death threats; she follows her subjects through the exhilaration of newfound community and the ennui of ostracization while also exploring her own struggles with her geek identity.
Gina Hara was born in Budapest, Hungary. She is an acclaimed filmmaker and artist with a background in art & technology, interested in the experimental aspects and transmedial forms of visual culture.
For the first time in Auckland, Gina Hara will attend a screening of her documentary Geek Girls for a Q&A after the session.
Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms (2018) Directed byShirley Horrocks
Shirley Horrocks, cine-biographer of many notable New Zealand artists, delivers an invaluable survey of the work and legacy of one of our most exceptional scientists and public figures.
Shirley Horrocks will present her film in person at its NZIFF screenings. There’ll be a Q+A at the following screenings.
Sir Paul Callaghan, physicist, science communicator, entrepreneur and 2011 New Zealander of the year, died in 2012, of cancer, when he was in his prime. As well as doing research into nuclear magnetic resonance, he was writing books, giving public lectures and sharing his vision of a prosperous and predator-free New Zealand – “a place,” he said, “where talent wants to live.”
Shirley Horrocks, who met Callaghan while making her 2012 film Venus: A Quest, focuses here on his life in science. Through big brother Jim, classmates, colleagues and Callaghan himself – in a series of interviews filmed in 2010 – we journey from Callaghan’s childhood in Whanganui, to his work at Massey University, then to Victoria University of Wellington and the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. There are dramatisations of schoolboy high jinks and footage from Callaghan’s trips to Antarctica.
Callaghan’s life, and the film, takes a turn after his move to Wellington, where he applied himself beyond physics to art–science collaborations, economics and conservation. “Suddenly it became OK for scientists to work with artists,” says physicist Shaun Hendy about his former mentor. Poet Bill Manhire, cartoonist Dylan Horrocks, broadcaster Kim Hill and Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor are among those who describe how Callaghan expanded the conversation between science and wider society and rallied people to his causes, many of which continue after his death.
Anyone who knew Paul, or was affected by his work, will want to see this tribute. — Rebecca Priestley
When and Where
6:15 PM, 24 July 2018 at ASB Waterfront Theatre.
11:45 AM, 27 July 2018 at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket.
1:45 PM, 28 July 2018 at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket.
Duration: 103 minutes
The Tuesday 24 July screening is a special fundraiser presentation with the proceeds going to the Cancer Society of NZ. Ticket details can be found on the Ticket Pricing page.