July 30, 2014
Film finds Voices of the Land
The director of a new film about taonga puoro says he wants to open audiences to a new way of listening.
Voices of the Land: Nga Reo o Te Whenua focuses on the work of the late Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns and their protege Horomona Horo, as well as traditional instrument maker Brian Flintoff.
Paul Wolffram says their quest to revive the ancient instruments led them to some extraordinary places, which he tried to replicate by filming Nunns at different sites from Takaka to Fiordland.
On the way they listened to the land.
" The sea breaking, birds, wind blowing alot of people just think of these as noise elements but through his 30-40 years of working with taonga puoro and local iwi and hapu, Richards been able to be introduced to a new way of thinking about the landscape as having its own sounds and as those sounds are musical. So what he did was take us through these places and he showed us different areas that have special meaning for him and of course special meaning for hapu and iwi in the area " he says.
Voices of the Land: Nga Reo o Te Whenua is screening in the New Zealand International Film Festival.
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