For us, business isn't just about dollars and the fiscal bottom line. Being involved in the growth of our Whanganui and wider NZ communities, giving our time, expertise and perspective, where and when we can, is a vital part of our work.
Being involved in our community, often through the medium of filming stories allows us to continue our own learning, to try things out with the support of others, and develop stronger relationships. All of this is not only important for our business, but for us as individuals. To encourage and film more stores we often provide pro-bono and discounted services to charities and our community on a regular basis.
We specialise in documenting the stories of our built heritage and those people who are connected or passionate about it.
We bring audiences to these stories by combining historical sources with filming of modern construction, plus contemporary interview filming, into compelling short or feature length films.
We are experienced in producing for all levels of audience engagement, from technical learning material, to online distribution impact productions for causes, and festival cinema audiences for feature and short films.
SLATE OF PUBLIC RELEASES, AND COMING SOON TITLES
Chronological order based on release date
RICHARD WOTTON: MOMENTS LATER (2022)
A photographer explores the seldom noticed architecture in his home town.
Whanganui, a UNESCO City of Design since 2021, is home to many of New Zealand’s heritage buildings. Celebrated photographer Richard Wotton has been documenting buildings in the city for almost 50 years. Ignoring the picture postcard views, his work highlights the beauty in functional architecture and catalogues a unique period in the city’s life.
Ageing volunteers board an iconic Wellington ship, labouring to save her from the knacker’s yard. Wielding blowtorches, paintbrushes and sandwiches, they forge friendships to last the rest of their lives.
Sarjeant Gallery REDEVELOPMENT (2019- ongoing)
Frames of notable weather events or milestones captured from the 24/7 time-lapse feed.
We're delighted to be working with a diverse range of subject matter experts and gallery staff to produce a series of short documentaries. Most videos feature an interview with an expert explaining how and why they are carrying out work on the multi-million dollar Sarjeant Gallery Redevelopment project.
Each video is produced in conjunction with Jaki and the Sarjeant Gallery media staff. As well as being available on the Sarjeant Gallery website, each release is published with an accompanying article in the New Zealand Herald & Whanganui Chronicle, together with our supporting photographs.
GOING ONCE (2020)
Nicky and Brian are amongst the last of a once thriving community business of general auctioneers in New Zealand.
Nearly all regional towns boasted several auction houses from the late 19th and into the 20th century. But the rise of online trading sites like eBay and TradeMe in NZ has taken its toll, with Haywards being the last general auction house left operating in Whanganui.
Spend a day with Brian as he explains his particular approach to the auction business, it's stresses, future, and rewards. All the while his life and business partner Nicky, supported by Ruby, offers a different perspective from the front desk. Going Once is a unique slice of Kiwi life and perhaps one of the most entertaining nights out to be found in Whanganui on a Thursday!
Plastic surgeons (2019)
Keith and Faith work together at home to painstakingly reconstruct people's precious plastic dolls and soft toys. Sharing their Doll's Hospital secrets and stories of restoring toys who have succumb to old age, dog attack, or simply being overly loved.
This film was shot in December 2018 and screened to a premiere cinema audience, including Q&A with the Doll's Hospital owners at Confluence cinema in May 2019.
Making WAVES (2019)
A small team helps in the fight against a huge potential problem. Athol Steward and his family get into the ocean to keep the miners out, and in doing so discover that its richness and beauty are beyond compare. Making Waves screened twice to sold out audiences in May 2019.
Thanks to a fantastic review in the local paper (reproduced below) it was also picked up by Greenpeace NZ ocean group, who helped with a tour of screenings held around NZ in 2019.
By April 2020 another milestone in the legal battle was met, and to coincide we released the full version of the Making Waves for free online viewing here: www.vimeo.com/doublefarley/making-waves
A Home In This World (2018)
Working with director Juanita Deely, Double Farley produced this fascinating insight into the life of Robin Hyde as told by her son Derek.
This short documentary was selected for the prestigious DocEdge festival in 2018 and screened as part of their NZ showcase of films, including Q&A's afterwards with the director and star of the film.
Since the DocEdge premiere it screened at the Auckland GoingWest festival in 2018, and has so far screened twice at Confluence in 2018 and 2019. Further screenings are planned, plus the trailer is viewable by clicking on the image above.
Set In Stone (2017)
Memories of loss and sacrifice are set in stone monuments throughout the country. Each one creating a public place to gather and remember those we've lost in war and to cherish the peace we have that they once longed for.
But as generations of tears, wind and rain are absorbed by the stones, a new war begins. Slowly pieces become loose, memories become frail, and the stones themselves begin returning to dust.
For the Maori WW1 memorial in Whanganui this war, waged through weather and time, would have continued unabated destined to a conclusion of destruction further compounding our losses.
Instead a community came together to change this destiny. To somehow save their unknown soldier and hold on to everything he represents.
Kevin, his filmmaking team, and many people in the Whanganui community collectively spent hundreds of hours making or contributing to the beautiful documentary Set In Stone.
In 2017 Set in Stone was selected for the prestigious DocEdge film festival. DocEdge screens the best international and homegrown documentaries. Double Farley were thrilled to be selected for their first feature documentary, and flabbergasted to receive the award for Best Emerging NZ Filmmaker and a special mention in the Best NZ Film category. Later that same year the film was selected and screened at the Arohanui Film Festival, plus two very special premiere screenings in Whanganui.
Throughout 2018/2019 the film was screened all over NZ within schools under the Docs For Schools programme, including two special Q&A screenings for Kelburn Normal School at Whanganui.
In April 2020 we were delighted to finally be able to release the full version of Set In Stone for free online viewing. The release took place at 7am on Anzac Day, 25 April 2020 during New Zealand's nationwide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This lockdown meant that no Anzac Day commemorations could take place in person and so being able to release the story online then seemed most appropriate.
Watch and find out more about the Set In Stone documentary film at www.setinstone.nz