Eagle vs Shark to premiere at Sundance

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Another New Zealand film has made it into competition at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the United States. Taika Waititi's debut feature film Eagle vs Shark will premiere in the World…

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Another New Zealand film has made it into competition at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the United States. Taika Waititi's debut feature film Eagle vs Shark will premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the festival.

Sundance was founded by Robert Redford, and NZ films Whale Rider and No. 2 have both won awards there.Another New Zealand film has made it into competition at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the United States. Taika Waititi's debut feature film Eagle vs Shark will premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section of the festival.

Sundance was founded by Robert Redford, and NZ films Whale Rider and No. 2 have both won awards there.Eagle vs. Shark is a tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find find love. The film was shot around Porirua last year.

Academy Award nominated director Taika Waititi gathered a talented crew to bring to audiences the bigger picture of life's little moments.

"Playing out extreme or unusual characters in the straightest of ways is what makes deadpan serious so funny," says Waititi. "It is the antidote to slapstick."

In January 2005, he attended the exclusive Sundance Directors' and Screenwriters' Labs to workshop a feature project, Choice, and was again selected in July 2005 to fine-tune Eagle vs Shark. It was the first time a writer or director had been chosen to workshop two different projects at Sundance.

"Eagle vs Shark isn't a romantic comedy rather a slightly dark, amusing tale with a little bit of love in it," says Taika. "When the atmosphere is tense and uncomfortable that is when we feel the need to laugh most. The sort of humour I prefer and write comes from finding the lighter side of tragic."

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The Big Idea Editor

4 Dec 2006

The Big Idea Editor

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