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Whanganui documentary premiering in DocEdge festival

Press Release – Double Farley


‘Set in Stone’, a feature-length documentary made with lots of aroha and a tiny budget in small-town New Zealand, has been selected from hundreds of world-wide entries for screening at the Doc Edge International Documentary Festival.

‘Set in Stone’ is the story of Herewini Whakarua, a Māori soldier from Whanganui who served in the Māori contingent in World War 1. Memoralised in stone on the top of a monument that stands in in the gardens of Pākaitore,Whanganui, his story had been lost until a 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 not only put a monument back together, they restored the memory of a man whose story was long forgotten”, says Melita Farley, producer of the film.

Kevin Double, the documentary’s director, originally from England, says “making this documentary was a labour of love, my way of paying respect to the town I now call home. The re-construction of Herewini’s monument was fascinating to witness and 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 gentle film told with heart. A story of real life in regional New Zealand. To be able to tell that story to Wellington audiences at such a prestigious event as DocEdge is fantastic,” says Double.

‘Set in Stone’ has its world premiere in Wellington on May 16.

Doc Edge Festival: Doc Edge screens the best international and homegrown documentaries from 10 – 21 May in Wellington. For more info check out docedge.nz.
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