August 26, 2015
Hip hop dance tale gets Toronto showing
Three New Zealand films have made it on to the programme for next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, which is considered a key festival for launching independent productions into North America.
It will include the world premier of Tammy Davis’ Born To Dance, starring Stan Walker and featuring choreography by world champion Parris Goebel.
Born to Dance tells the story of Tu Kaea, played by champion hip hop dancer Tia Maipi, who gets the chance to audition for K-Crew, the best hip hop crew in the country, but has to go behind the backs of his home crew and his best friend Benjy, played by Walker.
It comes to New Zealand screens on September 24.
Also premiering is 25 April, Leanne Pooley’s retelling of the Gallipoli story through the letters and diaries of some of those who served in the campaign.
The third film, Pietra Brettkelly’s A Flickering Truth, documents efforts by a small group of enthusiasts to preserve Afghanistan’s film archive from the ravages of the Taleban, war and Kabul’s extreme weather.
The New Zealand Film Commission chief executive Dave Gibson says it’s an important festival for New Zealand, as it gives us a chance to showcase our films to North American audiences, and tell them our stories.
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