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Many international directors coming to film festival in Wellington

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This year we host a number of international guests at the NZ International Film Festival in Wellington – including BBC journalist Kate Adie, BAFTA-nominated documentarian Jennifer Peedom, and a special appearance by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee at our screening of Top of the Lake: China Girl at the Embassy Theatre. We recommend booking your seats early for these fantastic Q&A sessions, and bringing your best questions, of course.

Kate Adie is an English journalist, and one of the best-known faces of British broadcasting. Radio New Zealand listeners will also be familiar with Adie’s regular reports on Nine to Noon.

Highly regarded in her role as chief news correspondent for the BBC (1989–2002), she has reported from such flashpoints as Tiananmen Square, the Gulf War, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. She broke ground in 1980 with her coverage of the Iranian Embassy siege in London. She is played by Abbie Cornish in 6 Days, Toa Fraser’s gripping dramatisation of events.

6 Days screenings featuring a Q+A with Kate Adie
Tuesday 8 August, 8.30pm at the Embassy Theatre
Wednesday 9 August, 1.15pm at the Paramount

Luke Korem is a director and producer whose recent work includes the feature documentary Lord Montagu, which chronicles the life of one of England’s most controversial and iconic aristocrats of the 20th century. Russell Wayne Groves has produced a wide array of projects, including Lord Montagu. Dealt, Groves’ second documentary feature with Korem, follows Richard Turner, widely considered one of the world’s greatest card magicians – and who is also completely blind.

Dealt screenings featuring a Q+A with Luke Korem and Russell Wayne Groves
Thursday 3 August, 6.15pm at the Paramount
Friday 4 August, 2.00pm at the Paramount

Francis Lee was brought up on his parents’ farm on the Pennine Hills in Yorkshire, UK. After training at Rose Bruford College, he worked extensively as an actor in theatre, television and film. His directorial debut, The Farmer’s Wife, has screened at many international film festivals. God’s Own Country is his first feature-length film.

God’s Own Country screenings featuring a Q+A with Francis Lee
Sunday 30 July, 6.00pm at the Embassy Theatre
Monday 31 July, 3.00pm at Embassy Theatre

Khushboo Ranka recently co-wrote the fiction feature film Ship of Theseus, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012. Her first short film, Continuum, was shown at various international film festivals. Vinay Shukla wrote and directed his first short film, Bureaucracy Sonata, in 2011. Premiering at the 42nd International Film Festival of India, it went on to win the HBO Best Short Film Award at the South Asian International Film Festival in 2012.

For their first documentary feature, An Insignificant Man, Ranka and Shukla spent two years following polarising activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal – ‘the Bernie Sanders of India’ – and his campaign to overturn the corrupt status quo of Indian politics as the head of the Common Man’s Party (AAP).

An Insignificant Man screenings featuring a Q+A with Khushboo Ranka and Vinay Shukla
Monday 31 July, 8.15pm at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa
Tuesday 1 August, 1.15pm at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa

Daniel Borgman is an Otago University graduate who has been based as a filmmaker in Denmark since 2005. He studied directing at the Danish alternative film school Super16, before returning to New Zealand to film his debut feature, The Weight of Elephants. A Danish/New Zealand co-production, it premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013 and also screened at NZIFF. Loving Pia is his second feature film. It was developed at the Berlinale Residence and made with support from The Danish Film Institute and FilmFyn.

Loving Pia screenings featuring a Q+A with Daniel Borgman
Friday 28 July, 7.30pm at Embassy Deluxe
Saturday 29 July, 5.15pm at Embassy Deluxe

Jennifer Peedom is a BAFTA-nominated director, known for her gripping, intimate portraits of people in extreme circumstances. Peedom was a guest filmmaker at NZIFF with her 2015 documentary Sherpa, and returns this year with her spectacular new feature, Mountain, a big screen celebration of the allure of the mountains, complemented by a grand orchestral score.

Mountain screenings featuring an introduction with Jennifer Peedom
Monday 31 July, 6.15pm at the Embassy Theatre

Alice Foulcher is an Australian actor and writer. She frequently collaborates with her husband, award-winning director and co-writer Gregory Erdstein. In 2014 Erdstein and Foulcher were granted an eight-month writing residency at the prestigious Cité des Arts Internationale in Paris, where they co-wrote the script for That’s Not Me. That’s Not Me is Erdstein’s feature debut as a director, and Foulcher’s feature debut as a writer and actor.

That’s Not Me screenings featuring a Q+A with Alice Foulcher and Gregory Erdstein
Friday 28 July, 8.15pm at the Roxy Cinema
Sunday 30 July, 5.45pm at the Paramount

Jane Campion, New Zealand director, producer and screenwriter, is one of contemporary cinema’s most notable filmmakers. She is the first and only woman director to receive the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes (1993) and only the second of four women ever to be nominated as Best Director at the Academy Awards (1994), both for The Piano (she went on to win Best Screenplay).

Gerard Lee is an Australian novelist, screenwriter and director. Lee’s creative partnership with Jane Campion goes back to her debut feature, Sweetie, which he co-wrote. He also co-wrote with Campion seasons one and two of Top of the Lake.

Straight from Cannes, Top of the Lake: China Girl screens in full at NZIFF 2017 before its television premiere on UKTV on SKY.

Top of the Lake: China Girl will feature an introduction by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee
Saturday 29 July, 1.15pm at the Embassy Theatre