Auckland online film festival: why we should all support this initiative
OPINION: The sequel to Delta that No One Asked has arrived at TÄmaki Makaurau just in time to crush plans for the city stage of the 2021 edition of WhÄnau MÄrama: New Zealand International Film Festival.
With no time to secure the permissions, licenses or the platform to relaunch this iteration of the festival as an online event, the painful decision was made to cancel the festival season in Auckland entirely. Festival greats may be planning seasons of some of the biggest draws for later in the year, when the vaccination rollout once again makes cinemas safe, but so far Auckland has not of film festival.
So, let’s come together now to congratulate the chefs of Doug Dillaman and a team of many, who have curated, curated and marketed a selection of over 200 films and short films under an Auckland Online Film Festival banner and made them available – or , more precisely, highlighting their availability – on different streaming platforms.
Or, as it says on the Auckland Online Film Festival Page Letterboxd: âWhen NZIFF canceled their installment in Auckland, we decided to do something to fill the gaping void of inconsolable moviegoers. After all, we can’t go to the movies, but we have a bounty handy – if you can find it! So, founder / chief programmer Doug Dillaman reached out to other members of the Auckland film community to set up a program to get rid of all the itching.
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Take a look at the AOFF page. It’s an incredibly well presented and easily navigable selection of the quirky, the bright, the beautiful, the unseen, and the crazier than a bag of badgers – just like a big movie festival should be. Click on the link of any movie that you like the look of, and we will show you where and how it can be seen.
My choices – and it’s hard to know where to start – would certainly include those of Julian Boshier Thieves’ swagger – on the legendary rockers of Wellington Head Like a Hole, by David Lowery The green knight, the exceptional one from Miranda July Kajillionaire and Todd Haynes’ superlative Velvet Underground doco – who started his career with a student film about Karen Carpenter that featured mutilated Barbie dolls instead of actual archives.
You will also find a selection in homage to the late and wonderful Bill Gosden, a decent curation of recent Palestinian cinema and some of the latest from the African continent.
The Auckland Online Film Festival is a brilliant idea, perfectly executed. To have assembled this selection in the time it took is simply astonishing.
And you don’t even have to be in Auckland to enjoy it. Go to the Letterboxd page and start watching. This, like the film festival itself, is an initiative that truly deserves your support.
The Auckland Online Film Festival can be found at letterboxd.com/dillamonster/list/auckland-online-film-festival-2021