The beautiful, harsh and vibrant environment and the people of HOKIANGA take centre stage in this film launched earlier this year. It opened to good reviews an excellent start in the world of film for well established playwrite Briar Grace Smith.
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From: http://www.mindfood.com/ by Alicia Hamilton
Kimi and Melody are the central characters in the film, which is set in the close-knit Maori community around the Hokianga in the far north of New Zealand. When a mysterious young man named Tai (Isaac Barber) wanders into town, the twins are quick to befriend him. When Melody takes Tai to visit the local junkyard, they encounter the vicious dog that belongs to the twin’s older brother, Gene. To protect themselves, Tai and Melody seek refuge in an old freezer, but they soon realise they are locked in. Melody, with her debilitating asthma, dies from the lack of oxygen in the freezer and Tai is blamed for her death. The film then explores the ways in which her death affects Tai, Melody’s family and Kimi, who doesn’t initially accept that his twin sister is gone forever.
In the film, New Zealand's picturesque landscape is employed for reasons aside from the typical visual spectacle. “We wanted to use the landscape almost like another character in the film, another presence,” says Ballantyne. “The landscape is a very big part of New Zealand culture. You can’t go half an hour and not hit the coast, we’re very connected to the landscape. And for Maori a lot of mythology is connected to the landscape.”