Set in Stone is a feature-length documentary we made in and around our client work with lots of aroha and a tiny budget.
We've just discovered it has been selected from hundreds of world-wide entries for screening at the prestigious Doc Edge International Documentary Festival.
Set in Stone is the story of Herewini Whakarua, a Maori soldier from Whanganui who lost 100 years ago fighting in World War 1. Memoralised in stone on the top of a monument that sits in in the gardens of Pakaitore,Whanganui, his story had been lost until our community came together to restore the monument.
At its heart, this documentary is a story about a small-town community doing what small-town communities do best – caring for those within it. These people they not only put a monument back together, they restored the memory of a man whose story was long forgotten, even by his family,
Kevin, originally from England, says that “making this documentary was a labour of love, my way of paying respect to this town I now call home. Sometimes a person new to a community can see it’s stories best. The re-construction of Herewini’s monument really united a group of diverse people - Māori and Pākehā, German and English. It was their skill and passion for their work that interested me. I spent hundreds of hours making this, but I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Set in Stone is "a quiet film, told with heart, a story of real-life regional New Zealand. To be able to tell that story to Auckland and Wellington audiences at such a prestigious event as DocEdge is fantastic,” says Kevin.
‘Set in Stone’ has its world premiere in Wellington on May 16.
We're also having two screenings in Whanganui on 10th June, should you like to join us.
Doc Edge Festival: New Zealand’s only and Australasia’s premiere international documentary film festival. Held annually in Wellington and Auckland, the Festival showcases the best films from New Zealand and around the world. Website: http://docedge.nz/