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O Tamaiti (The children), and: Velvet Dreams (review)

O Tamaiti (The children), and: Velvet Dreams (review) Media Reviews O Tamaiti (The children), 15 minutes, 35 mm, black and white, 1996. Writer and director, Sima Urale; producer, Kara Paewai; distributor, New Zealand Film Commission, PO Box 11546, Wellington, New Zealand. Fax: (644) 384-9719. Velvet Dreams, 46 minutes, vhs (ntsc and pal), color, 1997. Director, Sima Urale; producers, Vincent Burke, Clifton May; distributor, Top Shelf Productions, PO Box 9101, Wellington, New Zealand. Fax (644) 8016920, email: topshelf@clear.net.nz. pal, nz$39.95, and ntsc, nz$65. Exciting new writer and director Sima Urale's debut film O Tamaiti (The children), winner of the Best Short Film award at both the Venice Film Festival and the New Zealand Film Awards in 1996, is a visually and aurally packed 15-minute slice-of-life film about a migrant Samoan family living in New Zealand from the perspective of its children. The film focuses on the burden of responsibility shouldered by the eldest of the five children, eleven-year-old Tino, who becomes a surrogate parent in the absence of his working parents. The arrival of yet another new baby brings Tino's childish bearing of adult responsibilities into sharper focus. From the opening shot it becomes clear that Urale's skills lie in conveying each scene of the story experientially, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

O Tamaiti (The children), and: Velvet Dreams (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2000

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Media Reviews O Tamaiti (The children), 15 minutes, 35 mm, black and white, 1996. Writer and director, Sima Urale; producer, Kara Paewai; distributor, New Zealand Film Commission, PO Box 11546, Wellington, New Zealand. Fax: (644) 384-9719. Velvet Dreams, 46 minutes, vhs (ntsc and pal), color, 1997. Director, Sima Urale; producers, Vincent Burke, Clifton May; distributor, Top Shelf Productions, PO Box 9101, Wellington, New Zealand. Fax (644) 8016920, email: topshelf@clear.net.nz. pal, nz$39.95, and ntsc, nz$65. Exciting new writer and director Sima Urale's debut film O Tamaiti (The children), winner of the Best Short Film award at both the Venice Film Festival and the New Zealand Film Awards in 1996, is a visually and aurally packed 15-minute slice-of-life film about a migrant Samoan family living in New Zealand from the perspective of its children. The film focuses on the burden of responsibility shouldered by the eldest of the five children, eleven-year-old Tino, who becomes a surrogate parent in the absence of his working parents. The arrival of yet another new baby brings Tino's childish bearing of adult responsibilities into sharper focus. From the opening shot it becomes clear that Urale's skills lie in conveying each scene of the story experientially,

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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