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Some of graduates and current students are working on The Great War exhibition at The Dominion Museum Building. Check out the website link below
http://www.greatwarexhibition.nz/explore/exhibition/

Our designers are working as Cross-Department Coördinators with in Wingnut, Model Makers, Graphic Designers, Fabricators (constructing all the texture in the exhibition) and scenic painters.

Creating exhibitions of this nature draws on many of the skills taught in the Bachelor of Design (Stage and Screen) including model-making, scenic painting and costume design.

More details:
http://www.toiwhakaari.ac.nz/design-graduates-work-on-the-great-war-exhibition/

Alyx Duncan's The Red House to be screened nationwide

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THE RED HOUSE receives March cinema release

Following a successful run at the 2012 NZ International Film Festival, Toi Whakaari MTA graduate and director Alyx Duncan’s award-winning feature film debut The Red House opens in theatres across New Zealand this March.

Beautifully photographed over three-and-a-half years in China and New Zealand, The Red House tells the story of Lee (Lee Stuart) and Jia (Meng Jia), a couple in their 60s who have transcended the barriers of language and culture to build a life and love together – in a red house, tucked away in the bush, filled with 20 years of mementoes from their shared journey. When duty calls Jia back to her homeland to care for her aged parents, both Jia and Lee must face what it means to move beyond the place they call home.

Combining international scope with stunning intimacy, The Red House fluidly moves between the urban and the rural, exploring the differences between and the change within both worlds while always staying close to the heart of its central, deeply-felt love story. By using her childhood home as a location, and her father and step-mother in the lead roles, Duncan brings a persuasive authenticity to the narrative.

NZIFF director Bill Gosden, who selected the film for the festival, described the film as “a thing of quiet wonder”, just one of the many glowing notices the film has received en route to winning Best Self-Funded Film at the 2012 New Zealand Film Awards.

The film is out now! Here’s what the reviewers are saying: The NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz

Now, a wider audience will have the chance to experience The Red House with its nationwide release in March. It’s currently scheduled for the following venues:

From 7 March

Christchurch: Alice Cinematheque

From 14 March

Matakana: Matakana Cinemas

Auckland City: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, the Bridgeway

Waiheke Island: Waiheke Community Cinema

Rotorua: The Basement Cinema

Tauranga: Rialto Tauranga

Napier: The Globe Theatrette

Waikanae: Shoreline Cinema

Fielding: Focal Point Cinema

Wellington: The Paramount

From 21 March

Nelson: State Cinemas

Dunedin: Metro Cinema

Watch the trailer for The Red House

Toi Graduates & Staff win at the Moa Awards

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Last night’s ‘Sorta Unofficial New Zealand Film Awards’ (or ‘The Moas’ as they’re also called) were a great success for all those involved with ‘The Orator – O Le Tulafale’, the first feature-length Samoan language film filmed entirely on location in Samoa, which won 8 awards. Our own acting tutor Maiava Nathaniel Lees was involved as associate producer and casting director as well as Toi graduate Tausili Pushparaj, who won ‘Best Actress in a Feature Film’ for her role as Vaaiga in the film.

Another winner at the awards was the Toi Master of Theatre Arts (Directing) graduate Alyx Duncan, who won the ‘Best Self-Funded Film’ category with her film ‘The Red House’ – a story about the endurance of love in the face of cultural upheaval, environmental neglect, and the universal process of ageing.

You can watch a trailer for her film HERE

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.