March 2009 Archives

31 March 2009

Lucy Narrates NZ Doco - War Without Guns

HTML clipboard Doc 2 Doc is a monthly event co-ordinated by the Screen Directors Guild of New Zealand, where documentary filmmakers get together and show works in various states of progress. Each month a different moderator will chair the discussion. The event is aimed a supporting a healthy documentary community in Auckland.

Our first event will be held at:

Where: The Lounge Bar Galatos
17 Galatos Street
When: Wednesday 1 April 2009
7.30pm - 9.30pm

Participants are invited to drinks after the programme.

Out of a call for proposals we made a month ago, four filmmakers have been selected to screen selects from their 'works in progress'. They will also have the opportunity to ask three questions to the audience after the screening, and get feedback on their films. Acclaimed filmmaker Leanne Pooley (Top Twins: Untouchable Girls, The Promise, Haunting Douglas) will be chairing the event, and each presentation will be limited to 15 minutes.  The filmmakers range from emerging to established and their projects are just as diverse. Below is a brief overview of our line up:

War with No Guns - director William Watson
Documentary - feature, currently in production

In the documentary War With No Guns narrator Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess") asks a simple question; In an age of civil war and conflict how do we create lasting peace? To answer one of the world's most burning questions we will journey to Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea and revisit New Zealand's entry into the Pacific's most brutal civil war. In an unprecedented example of peacekeeping, a multinational force, led by New Zealand, chose to leave their guns behind and instead bring guitars and hakas (New Zealand Maori war dance) as their weapons of choice. War With No Guns looks at the fascinating story of how a war was fought without guns, by an army who united the people to peace.

News contributed by Barbara Davies