Toi Whakaari is seeking a quick thinking, innovative and dexterous Executive Assistant for our Director. We are looking for someone who can change gears quickly and smoothly, work independently to provide a high level of support, and thrive in an ever changing environment.
We are seeking an experienced tutor to join the current staff delivering the Bachelor of Design (Stage & Screen) and eventually to run our new set and props diploma course.
Some of graduates and current students are working on The Great War exhibition at The Dominion Museum Building. Check out the website link below
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.
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.
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
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.