Wendy is losing her memory... what drove her to tattoo her back
with a Māori motif on her 80th birthday?
The event is such a shock to her sons, it causes them to make an
urgent decision over her future.
Meanwhile, they have their own imperatives to settle. Owen, the
eldest, designer in aeronautics, is out of reach. Dalman, an actor
living between hotels, is out of work. Joe is out of his depth in
his new position as private driver for Ray, a tentacular powerful
man. However, Joe takes his mother into his home: a very small
house with an idyllic garden where with Patricia, his wife who is a
landscaper, he places all his dreams. Their only bedroom is
prepared for Wendy. But that very night she passes away.
It is only after scattering her ashes into the sea, that the
brothers realize they did not take the time to discover what their
mother had tattooed on her skin. What had seemed meaningless now
holds a mystery that contains them all. On their way back, in
exchange for their mother's remains, the Ocean summons them to save
the strangest of creatures: an original mythical being, escaping
the temptation of definitive outline - an Octopus.
Why this Story?
The short film script deals with a topic that is close to
people's hearts which is memory loss and the
impact it has on the families involved. Conceived as a contemporary
tale, suspended time and abstraction introduce a raw visual poetry
to the parallel realities of the drama: the loss of our
World-Ocean; spanning Māori, Celtic and Mediterranean
world views in the face of our own impending ecological
Why the Octopus?
Both biotic and mythic, you may not know that the Octopus
Te Wheke - is implicated in the discovery of Aotearoa, and in
Pacific myth is considered the lone survivor from a previously
ruined universe. An inconceivable form of intelligence without bone
structure, governing in the depths of the oceans, her
shape-shifting faculty and confusing metamorphoses are inherent in
the spirit of this film.
Why the Tattoo?
Of course we cannot reveal yet the mystery behind the Māori
motif but be sure that this key scene is in good hands, thanks to
the know-how of Tattoo Artist Mokonui-a-rangi
Smith, a specialist in the art of traditional tattoo,
transmitted via his family origins and mentor Croc Tatau.
This year, thanks to author and artistic director France
Hervé, we have already obtained via French sources a budget of
$15,000. The script has become tighter in collaboration with first
assistant actor/writer Frédéric
Prévost and extremely valuable mentorship in its final stage
from renowned film director
Guy Girard. Based and inspired by the culture of Aotearoa/New
Zealand, its natural landscapes, history and people - the script
has then been translated into English by Kenneth Spiteri, an
experienced actor also playing the lead role of Joe in the
We need to raise a further $6,000 to go towards the real costs
of making the short film. Shot in both interior and exterior
locations as well as in hired studios, the film strongly
incorporates graphic, textural elements and rear-projection
backdrops imposing sense of scale and heightened realism. These
funds will ensure feeding and transporting our dear cast and crew,
securing all locations and providing extra lighting equipment,
projectors, specific furniture, costumes and props.
Like an Octopus by its Own Ink Erased is
comprised of award winners both on screen and behind the scenes.
More important to us, they are bold artists recognized for their
hybrid creative talent in various fields.
Hervé Writer/ artistic director of FHK multi awarded Under
Davis Filmmaker/Director of Photography/ Special effects/
Editing. Three-times winner of Best Director at Kodak Awards.
Music Composer is
Bill Direen, a legend of New Zealand music who has released
more than twenty LPs and CDs, some important albums to the success
of the fledgling Flying Nun Label. In 2017, Bill's creative life
was portrayed in the wonderful documentary 'A Memory of
Others' (dir. Simon Ogston) at the International Film
Festival, currently screened around the world.
Northcott (The mother) is considered a national treasure, one
of New Zealand's most accomplished contemporary dancers working
with Limbs Dance Company, Douglas Wright, Michael Parmenter and
featured in Alyx Duncan 'Pandora' film.
Randerson (Dalman) has strong foundation in writing and comedy
festivals, working as an actor for Taika Waititi , Jackie Van Beek,
Gaylene Preston and sister Jo Randerson.
Larsen (Owen) is an award-winning choreographer and
multidisciplinary performance maker for renowned artists such as
Jerome Bel, Min Tanaka and Lemi Ponifasio.
Kenneth Spiteri (Joe), currently plays lead Role in 'the
Crucible' production at the National Theatre of Malta and includes
credits in feature films such as 'Beneath Hill 60' (Australia),
'Abschuss Fahrt' (Rat Pack Productions, Germany) and most recently
'Paul, Apostle of Christ' (Sony, Affirm Productions).
Last but not least, Bridget
Kelly (Patricia) dancer, actor and multi instrumentalist has
worked for such numerous brillant artists around the world
including Red Mole the best-known avant-garde theatre company in
New Zealand. Check out our website for team updates and bios.
The film's creation is a force to be reckoned with:
Mitchell (MA in Spatial Design from AUT) as Line Manager,
also securing children's casting and coaching and the bright
Jenny Stevenson as Executive Producer, who has
worked on numerous productions including co-producing three
consecutive Kōwhiti Festivals. Thanks to Stevenson, we're grateful
for wonderful support from the Art Council of Malta and Corban
Estate Arts Centre.
More reasons to support us!
Shooting is scheduled for mid-July 2018. Currently in
pre-production, we are ready to go. We've got nearly everything we
need to give this short film an entrance for the best festivals
with first showings in France and New Zealand. As a highly
experienced team we are committed to the belief that low costs do
not mean "cheap". We are committed to working creatively.
Of paramount importance, Like an Octopus by its Own Ink
Erased is also the essential element of a Live TRIPTYCH
Inter-Arts creation that will be world-premiered in Auckland, March
2019. Bringing together choreographic, filmic, audiovisual and
scenographic arts, this short film is the centre piece from which
its two other ends are constructed.
Completing our full creative team we are proud to count with us
New Zealand's most sought after designers:
Martyn Roberts (Lighting),
Steven Lloyd (Architecture), Dorita
Hannah (Architectural Performance Design), Matthew
Gauldie (Fine Arts) as well as Ya-Ling Huang
(Hologram Expert from Taiwan) and our exciting collaboration with
NIWA principal scientist Geoffroy
Lamarche (Marine Geology) who is donating data to use in an
By supporting us, you can be part of this
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equipments, catering), we will be all ears to
your suggestions. Unity is strength.
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