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by emira » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:34 am

After Orlando, I think Taika will go to Berlin! #aziz#

Taika Waititi, who received the Grand Prix last year for Boy, has been invited to participate on the Generation International Jury to present awards valued at 10,000 Euros.

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by gezyka » Thu Jan 13, 2011 2:03 am

emira wrote:After Orlando, I think Taika will go to Berlin! #aziz#

Taika Waititi, who received the Grand Prix last year for Boy, has been invited to participate on the Generation International Jury to present awards valued at 10,000 Euros.

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by emira » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:08 pm

Wait... Taika is in Berlin in February, the Festival is until 20th and The Phoenix Foundation are in Germany from 18th to 24th and have a gig in Berlin on 22nd... #ded#

Though it may not work out, since he has to be in Adelaide on 26th... But just this speculation made me #excited2#
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by gezyka » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:22 pm

emira wrote:Wait... Taika is in Berlin in February, the Festival is until 20th and The Phoenix Foundation are in Germany from 18th to 24th and have a gig in Berlin on 22nd... #ded#

Though it may not work out, since he has to be in Adelaide on 26th... But just this speculation made me #excited2#

ooo, good thinking. #thumbsup# I bet he wouldn't want to miss seeing his friends there...
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by emira » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:32 pm

gezyka wrote:
emira wrote:Wait... Taika is in Berlin in February, the Festival is until 20th and The Phoenix Foundation are in Germany from 18th to 24th and have a gig in Berlin on 22nd... #ded#

Though it may not work out, since he has to be in Adelaide on 26th... But just this speculation made me #excited2#

ooo, good thinking. #thumbsup# I bet he wouldn't want to miss seeing his friends there...


Don't say that! why does it have to be in the middle of a week! #fit# #cry#
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by gezyka » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:39 pm

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gezyka wrote:ooo, good thinking. #thumbsup# I bet he wouldn't want to miss seeing his friends there...


Don't say that! why does it have to be in the middle of a week! #fit# #cry#

Oh, sorry! The way you were speculating made it sound like you were going to be there (and I'm not caught up in TPF thread yet!). #hug#

He totally won't be there. Nope. No time. :)
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by emira » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:18 pm

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gezyka wrote:ooo, good thinking. #thumbsup# I bet he wouldn't want to miss seeing his friends there...


Don't say that! why does it have to be in the middle of a week! #fit# #cry#

Oh, sorry! The way you were speculating made it sound like you were going to be there (and I'm not caught up in TPF thread yet!). #hug#


I'm sorry for misleading you! :-\
I'm going to see them in Scotland on 3rd and 4th February and then their last show at the Borderline on 26th. #excited2#

He totally won't be there. Nope. No time. :)


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by emira » Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:03 am

Taika Waititi yearns for sweet smell of... home

By Bevan Hurley
5:30 AM Sunday Feb 13, 2011

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You can take the Boy out of New Zealand, but it seems all that Taika Waititi - on the cusp of big success Stateside - wants to do is come home.

The multi-talented film-maker has just completed a pilot for an MTV remake of hit UK comedy The Inbetweeners, and finds out in a month if it will be picked up for a full season.

Waititi will also appear in his first Hollywood film The Green Lantern, due for release later this year, and directs new TV3 comedy Super City, starring Madeleine Sami.

Plus, his smash hit Boy will finally get its general release in the United States this year, after making $9.3 million last year to become the highest grossing New Zealand film.

Speaking from his Los Angeles home, Waititi said he would "love to be living at home but right now there are more opportunities over here. At the moment I have these opportunities to live and play in other cities, but I'm always going to live at home."

For the next three months at least, Waititi will be in LA where he is working on scripts for film and TV projects.

Waititi has directed episodes of Flight of the Conchords, but Super City, which premiered on Friday, is his first full series.

Sione's Wedding star Sami plays all five lead characters - including a male Muslim taxi driver, a lesbian gym instructor and a homeless rogue.

Waititi described it as similar to popular "mocku-mentaries" The Office and Summer Heights High, but with real people.

"The homeless characters we got to shoot in the Auckland City Mission with real streeties. We cast those people as themselves. By the end of the episode you are totally engrossed in what the characters are doing."

Although Super City was about the diversity of the new Auckland, Waititi said the characters were universal. The Green Lantern, a big-budget remake of the DC Comics favourite, is Waititi's first acting foray into Hollywood blockbuster territory.

"It was my first experience of that sort of thing. I would do a blockbuster again, but it all depends on the project."

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...has just completed a pilot for an MTV remake of hit UK comedy The Inbetweeners, and finds out in a month if it will be picked up for a full season.


:o #cheer# #excited2#

Plus, his smash hit Boy will finally get its general release in the United States this year, after making $9.3 million last year to become the highest grossing New Zealand film.


#squee# for you, guys!

For the next three months at least, Waititi will be in LA where he is working on scripts for film and TV projects.


#excited2#
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by emira » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:07 pm

Berlin Festival stakes claim to our Boy
By Helen Barlow
5:30 AM Thursday Feb 17, 2011

Taika Waititi's Boy is still heading out into the world nearly a year after the start of its record-breaking New Zealand cinematic run. But right now the director-actor is on jury service - he's part of the Berlin Film Festival panel judging the youth-oriented Generation Kplus section where he won the best film prize last year for Boy.

"This is my first jury, I've judged other films and stuff and I've also made personal judgments on other films," he says. "It's really cool because I hardly get to see many films and here I'm watching four films a day. It's not coalmining, but it's hard work."

The Berlin Festival, which also screened his debut feature Eagle vs Shark , has welcomed him back and claimed him as one of their own.

"It's obviously nice to come back. It's a great city even if it's better in summer," he says, foggy-breathed from the German winter.

"I lived here for two years at the end of the 90s. I was painting and had a studio here. That was what my life was before ... ."

Now he notes that Boy, which so far has been released only in New Zealand and Australia, is set for release in Sweden and Poland - "they love New Zealand films there; Scarfies and Eagle vs Shark released in Poland!" The film comes out in the US later in the year and Waititi will be based in Los Angeles for much of 2011.

"I never say I'm living in the States but I'll probably be there most of this year. I feel a bit weird about that."

Still, living in Los Angeles has its advantages. The day he arrived there after the Berlin Festival last year he was asked to audition for Green Lantern, the fantasy blockbuster (directed by expatriate New Zealander Martin Campbell) where he appears alongside Ryan Reynolds and Gossip Girl Blake Lively, who is a big fan of Flight of the Conchords and of Waititi in particular.

"I had to crowbar her off me at one stage," he quips. Temuera Morrison also appears in the film, which Waititi describes as a cool experience.

In Berlin he's using his down time to meet potential co-producer partners for future projects.

"I'm quite keen on exploring New Zealand and European co-productions because I might be working here at some point, so I'm trying to figure out how I might easily finance things."

While he recently directed the pilot for a US MTV remake of hit UK comedy The Inbetweeners, and is waiting to hear if the show will go ahead, Waititi has not decided if he will direct the series himself.

"Even if the show gets picked I don't have to commit to doing it just because I directed the pilot. I can decide on that later."

In the meantime, don't count on him walking along the Berlin Festival's red carpet.

"We went to True Grit on opening night but I ran around the back to go into the theatre," he confides. "I don't like hanging out with people who aren't my friends. I don't want to hang around with someone just because they're famous. It's just not my thing."

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Actually, I think it'll be soon on DVD in Poland. ;D

"I'm quite keen on exploring New Zealand and European co-productions because I might be working here at some point, so I'm trying to figure out how I might easily finance things."


Poland is a nice setting for Taika's new movie, don't you think ;)
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by emira » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:52 pm

So,... who won the prize? :o

Generation Kplus International Jury 2011

The members of the Generation Kplus International Jury 2011, Mabel Cheung, Taika Waititi, Felix Gönnert, Rachel Perkins and Jonathan Davis award the following prizes:

Grand Prix of the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk for the Best Film
Jutro bedzie lepiej
by Dorata Kędzierzawska
The jury was struck by the beautiful combination of playfulness and humour within a tense story of survival. The film-makers, with assured direction and beautiful cinematography, have crafted a moving story set in a harsh world where children are free to control their lives but not their destinies. With exceptional performances that create light in the darkest of situations, this film impressively sets an intimate and personal story against an important political and social backdrop.


Special Mention
Keeper’n til Liverpool
by Arild Andresen
We were impressed by this imaginative and confident story of a boy with no confidence, trying to navigate the rough road of adolescence, in search of love and courage. A great combination of subtle performance, keen humour and hilarious fantasy sequences, this film kept the jury and the audience tight within its grip.

Special Prize of the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk for the Best Short Film
Land of Heroes
by Sahim Omar Kalifa
A mother sits at the breakfast table and tests a hand-held rocket-launcher. The longing for power is huge. But things can change quickly and the question remains unanswered – who is the winner? Through surprising turns and strong images, the filmmakers create a dense and exciting story about the absurdities of a society in which violence and oppression dominate.

Special Mention
Dimanche
by Patrick Doyon
The engaging animation, combined with a sense of humour and understanding, transforms a boy’s mundane Sunday into a journey of fantasy and enlightenment


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#ded# /:) #blowkiss# #ded#

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by emira » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:00 am

We Can Create

Announcing the re-launch of New Zealand’s biggest art and creative industries showcase

18 March, 2011 – Communications agency The Church today (18th March) announced the launch of We Can Create, a symposium for creative industry professionals taking place in Auckland’s Aotea Centre 26-27 August 2011.

The festival will bring together 12 of the planet’s top creative thinkers and doers in an all-inclusive art and creative showcase, run by creatives for creatives.

The inaugural event will be curated and produced by The Church, who for the past seven years ran and produced Semi-Permanent. This new event will connect with the best in art, design, culture and technology as well as showcase marketing creativity and innovation.

“After running Semi-Permanent for the last seven years, we are handing the moniker back and taking complete ownership of New Zealand’s only globally-focused creative communications festival. We Can Create will showcase top international and local speakers across all creative arenas – from design, technology, marketing, art and pop-culture,” says The Church’s newly appointed CEO, Simon Kozak.

Speakers who will be sharing their passion, perspectives and practices at We Can Create include: Taika Waititi, NZ film director, screen writer and actor; KesselsKramer, the leftfield Amsterdam advertising and publishing agency behind campaigns for Nike, Parool and Levi’s; Morag Myerscough, Britain’s multiple award-winning, integrated graphic design powerhouse; and London based The Rumpus Room, whose innovation and creativity has seen them combine real world, interactive and social platforms for Coca Cola, Xbox and MAC.

“The calibre of speakers is mind-blowing. We want to give New Zealanders a highly charged creative arena, where insights and perspectives can collide to produce new and exciting ideas that will both educate and inspire,” says Kozak.

For more information on We Can Create visit http://wecancreate.co.nz where you can join the mailing list to keep up-to-date with the festival’s progress.

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I'm landing in Auckland on 1st September. I hope he will still be in NZ then. Maybe he wants to watch RWC at home? #excited2#

Oh! To be on one of the matches together with Taika and 47,000 other strangers #lol# ( #excited2# )
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by emira » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:04 pm

Victoria University honour for Taika Waititi
AMANDA FISHER
Last updated 05:00 14/04/2011

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GREAT TIMES: Taika Waititi says he is touched by Victoria University's acknowledgment of his achievements.

Taika Waititi loved his years at Victoria University – he just wishes the campus was closer to Cuba St.

Waititi is one of the university's six Distinguished Alumni Award winners who will be honoured at a ceremony tonight for making an "outstanding contribution in their field".

The other winners are former Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast, Privy Council judge Sir Thomas Gault, technology entrepreneur Rod Drury, artist Piera McArthur and tax accountant John Shewan.

Waititi studied theatre and graduated from Victoria in 1997 with a bachelor of arts.

He said that, although he felt touched by the acknowledgment, "I do feel a bit like I'm getting honoured for taking the most easy course available at university, so I [sort of] feel like I'm cheating a little bit".

While the university provided a great creative education, Waititi also got a social education.

"I think ... part of life skills is also socialising ... I think many people make the mistake of not going out ... you can spend a little bit too much time with your nose in your book or with your fingers on a keyboard, and you miss out."

Waititi said one of the highlights of university was the great people he had met, with whom he had remained close friends, including "New Zealand's foremost expert on Shakespeare", David Lawrence, Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, and playwright Jo Randerson.

Victoria was a great place to attend, he said, though he had one suggestion: "If they moved it off the top of that hill, it would be great ... and closer to the cafes on Cuba St."

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Pat Walsh said all the alumni had made an exceptional contribution to their disciplines, and to New Zealand as a whole.

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by emira » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:24 pm

Victoria's distinguished alumni honoured at gala dinner

Published 15 April 2011

About 500 guests attended a prestigious black tie dinner in Wellington last night to honour some of Victoria University's top alumni.

The University presented Distinguished Alumni Awards to six graduates who now rank among New Zealand's most influential leaders, thinkers and creative talent.

They are film director Taika Waititi, professional accountant John Shewan, artist Piera McArthur, lawyer Sir Thomas Gault, entrepreneur Rod Drury and former Wellington mayor Kerry Prendergast.

The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards gala dinner was held at the Wellington Town Hall. The event is sponsored by The Dominion Post and the Wellington Convention Centre.

Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh presented the awards in front of a gathering that included some of New Zealand's foremost academics, legal, business and industry executives, and creative leaders.

Victoria has presented Distinguished Alumni Awards since 2006, introducing the accolades as a way of recognising and honouring former graduates. The awards are given to alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to their discipline or profession and to New Zealand as a whole.

Professor Walsh says the awards illustrate the pathway to success that Victoria graduates undertake.

"The winners also portray the qualities that we value and aim to instil. This includes leadership, critical and creative thinking and a commitment to excellence."

The achievements of the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award winners are summarised below:

Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is a film director, writer, comedian and actor who has gained an international following.

He has written and directed a number of award-winning films and his second feature film Boy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, and won top prize in its section at the Berlin Film Festival. It has since become the highest grossing New Zealand film of all time.

Earlier credits include being nominated Best Actor in the New Zealand Film Awards for his role in the film Scarfies and an Academy Award nomination for Two Cars, One Night.

Taika graduated from Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1997.

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