Toi Ngākau Productions and LightShade Creative present "The
Girls", a short film written by Courtney Rose Brown, directed by
Tabitha Arthur and produced by Bethany Grace Miller.
The Girls provides a snapshot of the complexity of relationships
within a matriarchy. The exploration of intergenerational conflict,
expectations, and stereotypes paints a richly-layered black Kiwi
Last year was the 125th year celebrating women's suffrage; we
are empowering women in an industry that is known for its
alarmingly low statistics for women in any role beyond moviegoer.
To challenge these stats we need the funds to help us achieve this.
We have a full female team of 28 creatives who are collaborating to
make this sensational new short film.
We believe this hasn't been done in NZ outside of 48hFest since
Not only are we putting an all-women cast on the screen (in all
their complex glory!), all of our cast, crew and creatives are
wāhine! And we sure are getting the work done -with grace and
WHY AOTEAROA NEEDS US
Trigger warning...our women and girls need us because of our
domestic violence! We have a vigil in Auckland on Wednesday for
another woman murdered by domestic violence. No, The Girls isn't
about domestic violence, but it is shattering gender stereotyping
in the hope to stitch the outline of a better-balanced society.
We have an incredible female P.M, but she can't do this alone.
We are the way of the future...the wellbeing of our society is in
our hands. The art we create and the environments we create it in
is IMPORTANT! Not just for the women working on it, but for the
women and men watching it. It is how we educate. Humans learn by
imitation. We are absolutely affected by the media we consume, so
let's make deliciously powerful narratives for our fellow women to
carry on into their lives!
The script has been workshopped with Kathy McRae through EAT
(Emerging Artists Trust). It has also received a small amount of
funding support from EAT, but in order to breathe life into this
script we do need support. We're aiming to submit the film for NZ
International Film Festival and Show Me Shorts 2019, followed by
international festivals as the film is showcasing a perspective
that needs to be given light.
Screen-writer Courtney Rose Brown says that the idea for The
Girls came from the film trope of a woman becoming pregnant being
the worst thing that could ever happen to her. This short film
plays with stereotypes in a classic 'kiwi dark comedy' way where
everything isn't quite what it seems.
WHY DO WE NEED MONEY?
Making a film is expensive! We are an all-female creative team
and we want to produce high-quality work within the film industry.
The money raised from this campaign will mainly go towards hiring
equipment for filming which is crucial to shooting a high-quality
film. We'll need funds to support the shooting costs: hiring a
camera kit, lighting, props and set dressing, wardrobe, sound
recording, travel, and catering. As well as funds for
post-production for graphics, eid equipment, colour grade, and
Starring: Marshayla Christie, Raquel Roderick, Shania
Bailey-Edmonds and Lydia Peckham.
"Let's Do This"
UPDATE - we're at 39%!
2 DAYS AGO
Kia ora koutou!
WE'RE AT 38%!
Thank you so much for the unbelievable generosity of those who have donated and shared our campaign. We are feeling so incredibly grateful and blessed! We are excited to let you know that last Tuesday we wrapped our shoot for "The Girls" in the sunny hills of Tawa. And we are looking forward to heading into post-production.
We have had a wonderful team of wāhine weave their talents into the creation of the film so far, which has been a truly beautiful experience to be a part of and witness. We have less than three weeks left of our campaign so please spread the word!
Ngā mihi maioha,
Toi Ngākau Productions and LightShade Creative
(Photography by Celeste Fontein)