International Filmmakers Attending NZIFF 2019

Damon Gameau
Mirrah Foulkes
Thom Zimny
Liza Mandelup
Lorcan Finnegan
Sophie Hyde
Maya Newell
Australian directors Damon Gameau and Mirrah Foulkes lead the line-up of international guests confirmed to attend screenings at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July and August.


Australian directors Damon Gameau and Mirrah Foulkes lead the line-up of international guests confirmed to attend screenings at the New Zealand International Film Festival in July and August.

Following the success of That Sugar Film, Gameau delivers an inspired vision of the future in 2040, which looks at existing technologies and practices and their positive effect were they to be embraced today.  Gameau will present 2040 at The Civic in Auckland and Embassy Theatre in Wellington, followed by Q&As which are destined to be both informative and entertaining. Foulkes will also accompany her feature debut, the revenge fable Judy and Punch, at The Civic and Embassy Theatres. Foulkes’ highly original, endlessly inventive, feminist spin on the classic puppet show won’t disappoint, nor will the discussion with the actress-turned-filmmaker to follow.  

Seven further international guests are confirmed to attend NZIFF this year showcasing work across a broad range of topics and genres.

NZIFF will play host to American Grammy award winner and leading music documentarian Thom Zimny. Zimny’s new film The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash is a defining, authorised documentary that expertly captures the icon’s singular voice. Also attending from America is Los Angeles based filmmaker Liza Mandelup, adding her debut feature documentary Jawline to the line-up. Jawline is an eye-opening, stranger-than-fiction portrait of teen wannabe social media stars in the United States.  

Irish filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan will attend Auckland and Wellington sessions to discuss his gripping, dystopian film, Vivarium, starring Jesse Eisenberg.

Hailing from closer to home, Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde will present Animals, set in Dublin and focusing on two young women for whom life is one long party, to Auckland audiences. Hyde also produced In My Blood It Runs by Maya Newell, who will also be attending NZIFF. This thoughtful and insightful documentary is compassionately told from the perspective of a 10-year-old Aboriginal ‘healer’ trapped in a mono-cultural education system.

Also from Australia, Ben Hackworth will be visiting Auckland for screenings of Celeste, starring Radha Mitchell as an opera singer who has retreated to the lush Queensland rainforest.

Wellington audiences will also get an opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of Catherine Scott’s Backtrack Boys. The film tracks Bernie Shakeshaft’s mission to heal the most damaged and marginalised Australian boys through training dogs for show jumping. Bernie stops by The Roxy in Wellington to discuss the film.


International Guest Screenings in Auckland only are:


Animals – featuring a Q+A with Sophie Hyde (hosted by Script to Screen)

Thu 25 July 8.30pm – ASB Waterfront Theatre

Fri 26 July 3.00pm – ASB Waterfront Theatre


Celeste – featuring a Q+A with Ben Hackworth

Sat 27 July 12.30 pm – ASB Waterfront Theatre

Mon 29 July 11.15 am – ASB Waterfront Theatre


The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash – featuring a Q+A with Thom Zimny

Tue 30 July 6.15pm – ASB Waterfront Theatre

Wed 31 July 3.15pm – ASB Waterfront Theatre



International Guest Screenings in Wellington only are:


Backtrack Boys – featuring Q+A with Bernie Shakeshaft

Fri 9 Aug 6.15pm – The Roxy Cinema



International Guest Screenings in Auckland and Wellington are:


2040 – featuring a Q+A with Damon Gameau

Sat 27 July 1.15pm – The Civic - Auckland

Sun 28 July 6.00pm – Embassy Theatre – Wellington


Jawline – featuring a Q+A with Liza Mandelup

Thu 1 Aug 6.15pm – ASB Waterfront Theatre - Auckland

Fri 2 Aug 10.45am – ASB Waterfront Theatre – Auckland


Sat 3 Aug 3.30pm – Soundings Theatre, Te Papa – Wellington

Sun 4 Aug 5.30pm – The Roxy Cinema – Wellington


Judy and Punch – featuring a Q+A with Mirrah Foulkes

Thu 25 July 3.30pm – The Civic – Auckland (hosted by Script to Screen)

Fri 26 July 6.30pm – The Civic – Auckland (hosed by Script to Screen)


Mon 29 July 6.15pm – Embassy Theatre – Wellington

Tue 30 July 12.45pm – Embassy Theatre – Wellington


In My Blood It Runs – featuring a Q+A with Maya Newell

Sat 27 July 1.30pm – Academy Cinemas – Auckland

Sun 28 July 6.00pm – Academy Cinemas – Auckland


Mon 29 July 4.00pm – City Gallery – Wellington

Tue 30 July 8.00pm – City Gallery – Wellington


Vivarium – featuring a Q+A with Lorcan Finnegan

Sun 28 July 5.15pm – Hollywood Avondale – Auckland

Mon 29 July 8.15pm – Event Cinemas Queen Street – Auckland


Wed 31 July 8.00pm – The Roxy Cinema – Wellington

Thu 1 August 3.30pm – The Roxy Cinema – Wellington 

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9 Jul 2019