Auckland micro-budget art film at NZFF
Auckland filmmakers Jeremy Dumble and Adam Luxton, have had their micro- budget art film We Feel Fine selected as one of only three dramatic New Zealand feature films in the Auckland edition of this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival.
We Feel Fine is a thoughtful and often funny film about people stuck in a kind of hesitation about what to do with themselves, framed against an irreverent view of Auckland as a trashy, billboard infested motorway junction.
High profile acting talents such as Emmett Skilton (better known as Axel from The Almighty Johnsons) and Morgana O’Reilly share the screen with relative newcomers such as Rwandan refugee Francois Byamana, and novice actor Moses Alofokhai. Luxton himself takes one of the lead roles, that of ‘alpha bohemian’, George.
Director of the New Zealand Film Festival, Bill Gosden, describes We Feel Fine as Antonioni via Edward Yang, writing, ’I am enormously encouraged by the appearance out of next to nowhere of work of such wit, energy and sly disengagement from the mainstream.’ Gosden’s enthusiasm was not shared by the NZFC, however, which declined to give the filmmakers any post-funding, citing the fact that the production was an ‘art film’.
’When I came up with the story,’ says co-writer and co-director Dumble (who also shot and produced the film), ’I’d been watching a lot of the French New Wave director Eric Rohmer’s films, as well as the work of contemporary Asian directors like Hong Sang-Soo, and Tsai Ming Liang. I’m happy to have made an art film that hopefully speaks to the same audiences as these great filmmakers.’
Luxton, who edited the film as well as co-writing, directing, and acting in it, says ‘I thought it was a really sad day for cultural funding in New Zealand when the Screen Innovation Production Fund got scrapped. And despite the attempt to replace it with something worthwhile in the Escalator scheme, what’s come out of the New Zealand industry since is about as daring as colby cheese.’
The film has a Facebook page where you can see a couple of teasers: http://www.facebook.com/WeFeelFine
We Feel Fine has two Auckland screenings:
Tues July 24th 8:30pm
Wed July 25th 3:30pm
It also has one Wellington screening:
Thurs 9th August at 8:45pm.
You can read more about We Feel Fine at the New Zealand Film Festival website: http://www.nzff.co.nz/auckland/film/63b7134f-e60f-4ef6-9242-dfdc6d089218