Robert George


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Kia orana kotou katoatoa! My name is Robert George, and I'm a film maker.

I am making a unique type of film for a major solo exhibition - a five screen video installation for Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, a public gallery in Titirangi, Auckland. This film has been a long time in the planning. I want to do a project that helps me explore my own personal experiences of dealing with losing someone very close to me. It has been a challenging process, both creatively and emotionally, but it is one that I feel is important to make.

The film format itself is also an ambitious new direction for me, in that it uses five different channels to present multiple perspectives of the same events unfolding at the same time. It's about trying new methods of film making that could incorporate understandings of death that come from my Cook Island heritage, where things are not always as they seem and multiple times and worlds can co-exist in any given moment. Our perspective is important, and as a film maker, it's important for me to try to learn how to tell that story by pushing and testing the language of film.

There's a team of talented and creative people who are working together with me on this project, from musicians to coffee makers to actors and computer builders.

Filming commenced this week, and I'm in need of a little bit more assistance to help me finish the project.

I'm seeking funds to help cover the post-production costs of filming, from colour grading to sound mixing and editing. If we exceed our Boosted target, we'll also be able to upgrade the equipment we use to work with sound, lighting and synching.

As I progress through the different stages of this project I will bring you updates so you can see how the film is taking shape. Once the film is finished I would like to invite all of you to come and experience this unique cinematic experience.

Meitaki ma'ata e kia manuia!

Robert George


About me: Robert is of Ngāti Kuki Airani (Rarotonga & Atiu) and Te Arawa heritage. Originally studying Fine Arts and Design, Robert gained a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology at Victoria University Wellington. On entering the film industry, Robert cut his teeth at post-production houses in Wellington. He has been working within the Film & Television industry for over fifteen years. Robert now lives and works in Auckland, as a practicing filmmaker. In 2016 Robert won the Emerging Māori Director award for his film Smiths Ave at Wairoa Māori Film Festival. Smiths Ave also played at the New Zealand International Film Festival last year, as part of the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika programme. Robert is also about to become a father for the first time in September this year.


  • "And that's a wrap!"


    To the 63 donors who have all chosen to commit to this project, I would like to personally thank you all for your generosity and enthusiasm.


    Thanks to your contributions I am now able to pay for key items that are crucial to the project, such as the hardware used to run the projection. Just know that you have helped bring this project to life. 


    You are all warmly invited to attend the opening for A MEMOIR FOR FALLING LIGHT at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.


    2 September 2017, 4pm
    Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
    420 Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland 0604


    Lucy and I will make sure that there are donuts and coffee available so that people can have a good munch while they enjoy the short film/video installation. 


    See you there! 



    "And that's a wrap!"
  • Look what's in the latest edition of ArtNews


    Popongi, mōrena!  

    Thank you for choosing to be involved with my project!

    So often when working on a project you get sucked in and ALL other things fall by the wayside. It's not till you see something like this ad that you remember that there are many other people involved and invested in this project and we are all working to move together in the same direction, it's very cool and humbling! 

    This Boosted campaign has four days left before it closes, we need to reach the goal that we set ourselves. Can I please ask everyone to share this Boosted update online and let's finish this campaign off with a bang! 

    Kia manuia, 



    Look what's in the latest edition of ArtNews
  • Behind the Scenes


    One more pic from the shoot, A MEMOIR FOR FALLING LIGHT (2017)

    Behind the Scenes
  • The Final 7 Days


    Kia Orana friends and whānau!

    To all of those that have already donated - and there's a lot of you - to those that have shared Facebook posts, mentioned this project in their own Facebook posts or talked up this project to the people they work with or to the people they sit next to on the bus, I salute you! I hope I have a chance to repay you for your kindness and generosity.

    It's the final week, and we haven't quite reached our goal - I still need to raise $2,000!

    I'll be the first to admit that I'm not good at asking for money, or help in any way, so the Boosted campaign goal of $5000 has always felt a little ambitious. Then again, everything about this project has been ambitious.

    I have been genuinely warmed by the generosity of so many - family, friends and colleagues, and by people I don't know - who have jumped on board to help.

    Let's continue to get the word out there and let's reach our goal this week! 



    The Final 7 Days


    Kia Orana!

    I'd like to start by thanking you for your support.

    I can honestly say that this project has only been made possible by your support and from the participation of people like yourself saying 'yes' they'd be happy to be involved in this journey.

    And that's what you're doing, you're realistically and practically helping me bring this work to life. Last week I ended a two week production period working with incredible, generous and creative people.

    The filming part of the process was an amazing experience spent with the hard working and giving Tigilau Ness, Pascal Atiga-Bridger, Evotia Araiti and Mataara Paitai, and behind the scenes Jasmine Te Hira, Trish Young (my mother) and Amiria Puia-Taylor.

    Special thanks to Kalisolaite 'Uhila for the manpower, and to Diana Gordon (and her family) who let us come and invade her home and her personal space, and gave us the perfect filming location.

    I have just finished the initial round of editing (four days solid editing) and from tomorrow I will begin a second, and hopefully final, round of editing before beginning the grading and audio mix.

    One last thing, I would really appreciate it if you could please share this boosted page with your friends and family. This helps to raise awareness of our campaign, helps to raise more much needed funds and it also helps to promote the show.

    Thanks again for supporting this project.


    PS. I have included a small clip for the Boosted supporters to say thank you.


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