Woman in Blue is a New Zealand short film about an ex-policewoman who relives her memories from a dementia ward.
Sophie is a woman in her mid 60s who has early onset dementia. She traverses backward and forwards through time as her memory fades. She relives her younger, action filled days in the police force, but also tender moments from her life, including dancing with her husband. She is only brought back ‘down to earth’ when someone close to her breaks her reality.
(Concept artwork - Sam Balzer )
WHY THIS FILM?
The aim of the film is to make an action film with heart; dementia is a very real issue for us (the writers) as Jack's grandmother went through dementia in a ward; and Ashleigh's grandfather used to be a police officer; so we blended the two stories and some of the script is taken from real conversations we've had.
Primarily, we want to show that Sophie has heart and feels strongly about the people in her life. By showing pivotal moments, we want to explore this fluidity of memory in a cinematic way.
HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE SPENT?
- Production costs: Hiring crew members to bring this film to life on screen!
- Equipment Hire - Hiring lighting and camera gear, and truck rentals so that the scenes look pretty.
- Location - we have a vacant rest-home as our location just out of Wellington thanks a to the Wesley Community Action team and we need to cover the costs for its use.
- Production Design - Our location is going to need a bit of dressing up to look like its lived in. We need funds to purchase props, costumes and makeup to authentically show the lives of our characters.
- Catering - Good food always makes such a difference on set. A happy crew is a well fed and watered one!
MEET THE TEAM:
TANEA HEKE - Sophie
Tanea has sustained a career as an actor/producer – including roles in No. 2, Second Hand Wedding and Eagle vs. Shark, and a defining role in Waru in 2017, and co‐founding Hāpai Productions with Nancy Brunning. Tanea is also the interim director of Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School.
ACUSHLA-TARA KUPE - Young Sophie
Acushla has worked and been cast on several films including Ghost in the Shell, Encounters and Chronesthesia. Acushla-Tara now lives in the UK where she has worked with BBC Radio 4 on The Christchurch Murder, CBBC on the television show Creeped Out and numerous commercials.
ISOBEL MACKINNON - Grace
Isobel MacKinnon is a multi-award winning director and performer trained at Victoria University of Wellington and John Bolton Theatre School. She is a writer, actor and director and has collaborated independently with some of New Zealand’s most exciting artists to create original new theatre works. Most recently, Isobel has directed Jo Randerson and Thomas Lahood in Soft’N’Hard (Barbarian Productions) as well as co-creating and directing My Best Dead Friend (Winner Best in Fringe, NZ Fringe Festival 2018) and Force Field (Winner Best Director, AKLD Fringe Festival 2018). Isobel spent 2017 touring extensively with Capital E National Theatre for Children’s production of Waiata o Te Moana-Songs of the Sea and recently played Katherine Mansfield in Bloomsbury Women and the Wild Colonial Girl at Wellington’s Circa Theatre.
Allan Henry has worked in TV shows such as Girl vs Boy, Lucy Lewis Can't Lose, Legend of the Seeker, Facelift and Paradise Cafe. Some of his film credits include Alita: Battle Angel, Umbrella Academy, Avengers: Infinity War, Ghost in the Shell, James Cameron's Avatar, The Cure, Hook Line and Sinker, The BFG, The Hobbit trilogy, Valerian, and The Planet of the Apes trilogy. When he's not in a motion capture suit or a stunt harness, Allan enjoys spending time with his friends and family in Lower Hutt, working on his house, taking the dog to the beach and playing Dungeons and Dragons
DIRECTOR - JACK O'DONNELL
Jack has made many short films and documentaries, including Copper (2014) and The Odd Socks Story (2011). His most recent short film, Tama (2017), which he co-directed with Deaf filmmaker Jared Flitcroft, won four awards at the Wairoa Māori Film Festival, and has since gone on to screen in 40 film festivals around the world.
PRODUCER - ASHLEIGH FLYNN
Ashleigh works in production at Weta Digital, recently contributing to the visual effects on Avengers Infinity War (2018) and Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines (2018). Ashleigh recently produced Tama (short film) that has screened in festivals worldwide including the Hawaii International Film Festival and Cinequest. She is currently in pre-production on the short film Hey, Brainy Man! Directed by Jo Randerson and Loren Taylor.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - JARED FLITCROFT
Jared Flitcroft is a Deaf film maker from Wellington, New Zealand. He graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Media Studies. He was also the first Deaf person to graduate from the New Zealand Film and Television School. Since then, Jared has been involved with the New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival and directing films including co-directing Tama (2107).
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY - JESSICA CHARLTON
Jess Charlton was behind the camera on three web series from creative collective The Candle Wasters — award-winning party tale Bright Summer Night, musical romance Happy Playland, and 2018's Tragicomic. Born in London but raised in Invercargill and Queenstown, Jess has shot over a dozen short films, including Jessica Grace Smith's award-winning Everybody Else is Taken and coming of age tale Tama (2017).
PRODUCTION DESIGNER - MAZ MACE
Maz is a freelance makeup artist, face & body painter, artist, art director and photographer, based in Wellington, New Zealand with over 10 years experience as a makeup artist & body painter. Maz was the Production Designer on the short film Tama (2017).
PRODUCTION DESIGNER - Debbie Fish
Debbie Fish is an installation artist and set designer for theatre and film, based in Wellington, New Zealand, and co-director of GoldFish Creative. Recent set design credits include working as Production Designer on Alex Galvin’s adaptation of The Turn of the Screw and as Art Director on short film Behold the Ghost, written and directed by Jesse Taylor Smith. Her art installations are inspired by environmental and social concerns and have been exhibited at festivals including Light Nelson Festival, Splore Festival, The Performance Arcade, Taupō Winter Festival and Coastella Music Festival. She has exhibited at galleries including 30 Upstairs Gallery, Artrium Gallery and Matchbox Galleries and in 2015 was selected as part of the NZ Prague Quadrennial team.
STUNT COORDINATOR - WILSON SZE
Wilson is a Hong Kong-born actor and performer based in New Zealand. He worked for several years internationally as a stage presenter, and recently worked on Paramount's Ghost In the Shell, History Channel's The Men That built America, NZ TV comedy series Take A Village, and Disney's upcoming live-action remake Mulan (2020)
COMPOSER - TOM MCLEOD
Tom's recent work includes composing the score for family feature film Kiwi Christmas and feature documentary Pecking Order that was a crowd favourite at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival, as well as 3D feature Into The Rainbow, with a score recorded in Berlin by the renowned Filmorchester Babelsberg, and mixed by Grammy Award winning producer Matt Howe.
Kickstarter video filmed by - Seanne Culhane
Risks and challenges
Making an action film like this is a big task– it takes lots of organising and moving parts, planning obsessively, and raising quite a bit of money for production. We are looking forward to the challenge and can't wait to bring this story to life!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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