short fix: TWO CARS ONE NIGHT
The first time I saw the short film Two Cars, One Night; I remember thinking, “now that is what short filmmaking is all about. A story you can tell in a few moments that sticks with you for a long time after.” I was charmed by its innocence and could not wait to see more from the filmmaker. Luckily for me I did not need to wait long as his first feature, Eagle v. Shark premiered in 2007 at The Sundance Film Festival. Now, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Taika Waititi will be bringing his second Sundance hit Boy to the states! So for this week’s short fix, enjoy one of his early shorts, Two Cars, One Night which serves as the inspiration for Boy.
And be sure to check out Boy in theaters this weekend.
Writer/Director: Taika Waititi
Producers: Ainsley Gardiner, Cliff Curtis and Emanuel Michael
Cast: Rangi Ngamoki, Hutini Waikato, Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards
As a film-maker Waititi wrote, directed, and acted in “Boy,” his second feature which has become New Zealand’s highest grossing local film of all time. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema and won awards for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay at the 2010 New Zealand Film Awards. Waititi has a long history of performance in both theatre, film and television. He has appeared in numerous films including his first feature “Eagle vs Shark,” which he also wrote and directed. The script was work-shopped at the prestigious Sundance Institute Directors Lab and film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. His latest acting work is as Tom Kalmaku, a supporting role in Warner Bros latest superhero blockbuster, The Green Lantern. Waititi’s other writer/director credits include the 2005 short “Two Cars, One Night,” which was nominated for an Academy Award® and the short film “Tama Tu,” which picked up festival prizes in Sundance, Indianapolis, Stockholm and Berlin. He has written and directed multiple episodes of the TV series “Flight of the Conchords”, “Super City,” plus TV commercials in the United States and United Kingdom. He most recently directed the MTV pilot “The Inbetweeners” which has since been picked up for series production.
February 28th, 2012 • No Comments