NZIFF: First Films Announced For 2014
It begins! Welcome to our first programme announcements for NZIFF 2014.
Music has always been a crucial part of the celebration at NZIFF, and music documentaries have been an essential part of the mix. Two great music-filled documentaries head-up today’s announcements. Both strike out boldly from the conventional documentary route, representing fully fledged collaborations between the filmmakers and the key participants, namely Nick Cave – arguably Australia’s greatest living contribution to civilisation – in 20,000 Days on Earth; and Jarvis Cocker, Sheffield’s, in Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets. Both films are guaranteed to find enthusiastic audiences in New Zealand, the Pulp film not least because it is the work of NZIFF born-and-bred filmmaker Florian Habicht. World famous in Auckland for his surprise-packed premieres, Florian will return from Berlin to uphold his reputation at our New Zealand premiere screenings.
We are also pleased to announce a pair of music-related features, but please don’t think that that completes our music line-up for the year. Even now we have more music films to consider, along with much else. Paris-based programmer Sandra Reid will be heading to Cannes next week for that final great influx of the latest and the best.
The First Four Films are…
20,000 Days on Earth
The legend of Nick Cave is explored and amplified in this seductive, music-filled documentary created in collaboration with British filmmaker/artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. “Thrilling to behold.” — Time Out
Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets
NZer Florian Habicht’s acclaimed collaboration with Jarvis Cocker fixes the triumphant 2012 concert billed as Pulp’s last ever within a loving portrait of Sheffield and Sheffielders.
As a cult musician permanently encased in a giant plastic head, Michael Fassbender turns in an amazingly effective performance. A weirdly celebratory satire of an obscure art rock band propelled via Twitter into the limelight.
Jimi: All Is By My Side
This provocative portrait of Jimi Hendrix as a fledgling rock legend features Outkast’s André Benjamin as the supremely gifted young guitarist in Swinging London. Directed by 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley.