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Wellington producer’s Samoan feature wins best film and seven other NZ awards

Wellington producer Catherine Fitzgerald had major success at the annual New Zealand film awards – named the Moas – held in Auckland last night. Her production The Orator won a total of eight awards.

Not only was it judged the year’s best film, but it also won best director and best screenplay for Tusi Tamasese. It was his debut feature.

The film’s cast also took away best actor, actress and supporting actress Moas, and the film also won sound and costume design. Most of the actors on the film – about a bullied dwarf in an isolated Samoan village standing up for himself and his family – were non-professionals.

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Best film
The Orator

Best Self-Funded Film
The Red House

Best Director
The Orator – Tusi Tamasese

Best Cinematography
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying – Crighton Bone

Best Editing
Two Little Boys – Annie Collins

Best Actor
The Orator – Fa’afiaula Sagote

Best Actress
The Orator – Tausili Pushparaj

Best Supporting Actor
Netherwood – Will Hall

Best Supporting Actress
The Orator – Salamasina Mataia

Best Screenplay
The Orator – Tusi Tamasese

Best Score
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying – Grayson Gilmour

Best Sound
The Orator – Tim Prebble, Chris Todd, Richard Flynn, Mike Hedges and Gilbert Lake

Best Production Design
The Most Fun You Can Have Dying – Bruce Everard

Best Makeup Design
The Devil’s Rock – Davina Lamont, Sean Foot and Richard Taylor

Best Costume Design
The Orator – Kirsty Cameron

Best Visual Effects
Two Little Boys – Jon Baxter and Puck Murphy

1 comment:

  1. Romeo Sabbath, 12. March 2013, 2:35

    The film Orator was so good, it motivated me to be an actor. My name is Romeo Sabbath, I am 13 years of age. I attend Faatuatua Christian High School.

    I love to sing, I normally sing in the Teuila Festivals, Independence Celebrations and recently Christmas at the Park Samoa’s first.

    I would like to put myself out there for any future roles that may come up in Samoa. I am a new zealand citizen but live in Samoa. Thank you