Day 2 of the New Zealand Film Festival- Screening of Tama Tu and Eagle vs Shark + Q&A with Taika hosted by Dave Calhoun, Film Editor at Time Out
As we were sitting in our seats waiting for the screening to begin, Taika seemingly popped out of nowhere from a seat in the front row to briefly introduce Eagle vs Shark. Iain was in attendance again as well so I saw him walking down to take a seat in the front row for the screening.
The NZFF advert and the NZ advert were shown before the films. Tama Tu screened before Eagle vs Shark and again, I would say both films were well received and the audience’s reactions to certain parts of the films were very amusing. For instance, there were loud audible gasps when Jarrod punched the box containing the cake Lily made for him which cracked both me and kipples up.
It was also a great experience for me being able to watch Tama Tu for the first time.Here’s the video of the Q&A
I posted before. It was pretty funny and cringeworthy when that guy was saying that he was a huge Flight of the Conchords fan and then went on to refer to Jemaine as Jerome and the host even repeated him.
After the Q&A, people were hanging around outside the cinema screening room. Iain spotted me as he was walking across the room and asked whether I enjoyed the film. Once most people had left, kipples’ friend Eric went up to talk to Taika whilst he was signing his ticket. Taika was sitting down talking to Eric whilst signing his ticket on a table and at one moment, looked up and caught sight of me and said, “Oh, hey!” in mid-conversation with another big smile on his face.
Once he had finished talking to Eric, I asked Taika whether he could sign my Eagle vs Shark DVD and he was like “yeah, sure” and he said he was going to do another amazing design in reference to Aimee’s BOY DVD cover. During the time he was signing my DVD cover, I asked him how writing for the film that he's doing with Jemaine which he mentioned in the Q&A was going and he said it was going well and that they were writing a vampire movie. Then I asked whether it’s based on the short film they did quite a few years ago [What we do in the shadows] and he said yes and that it’s taken them that long to get down to writing it. I also talked about hoping that BOY gets distributed in the UK for others to see even though my friend from Auckland (Great H
) sent me over a copy. Taika also talked about travelling around a lot so I asked whether he was still as jetlagged as he said he was yesterday but he told me that it had all worn off and that he was leaving London the following day. I also introduced Taika to Chloue (one of the contributors of The World of Taika). I’ll leave it to her to give her account of her encounter.
After, we all took a group photo with Taika and I shook his hand thanking him for his time. He also went around to hug all of us before we left.
We all waved goodbye, I wished him a safe journey and that’s about it. Oh, and we decided to walk upstairs and ended up meeting Iain and Taika again as they were coming out of the lift, haha.
So as you can tell, I had an amazing time at the NZFF. This event was announced quite far in advance but Taika wasn't confirmed so I didn't get my hopes up about Taika turning up as I know he's a busy guy. I decided to ring The Barbican a couple of weeks ago to check whether they could confirm his attendance and to my surprise they told me Taika was definitely coming and it all kicked off from there.
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to watch his films on the big screen and meeting Taika twice, who seemed genuinely happy to interact with all of us, was truly the icing on the cake.