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a portmanteau film
presented by Chris Stratton and Ruby Reihana-Wilson

[1hr 40min]

at Pioneer Womens' Hall, Cnr High St & Freyberg Pl, Auckland
From 18 Feb 2013 to 1 Mar 2013

Reviewed by:  Melissa Fergusson;


Short film making is hard – you slave at an idea, beg for funding and then (if you've managed to convince enough of your friends to work in exchange for instant coffee) send the film away and hope it gets the chance to be seen. On February 18th eleven short films will have their premiere as 'TALK'.

For this Auckland Fringe, a collective of young film makers have seized an opportunity to engage with an immediate audience – no waiting for film festivals to decide if they will screen a work.

Talk is a feature film comprised of eleven short films, each showcasing a conversation in different circumstance. The films have been written by Christopher Stratton and Alice Connolly, then handed to a group of talented young practitioners. For some, coming from theatre backgrounds, this will be their first taste of film making. For others, film school graduates, comedians and the like, this has been an opportunity to place their short film work into the context of something larger. This project is about allowing a large pool of talent the opportunity to work towards the creation of a feature film.

The films aim to find the comedy, truth and pathos in conversations that happen in both extraordinary and mundane situations. At the core of each film lie two people and their attempt to understand themselves, each other and be heard.

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to  

TALK plays
18th, 20th, 25th, 27th February and 1st March, 8pm
Duration: 100 mins
Venue: Pioneer Womens' Hall, Corner High Street and Freyberg Place
Tickets: $12 Full Price, $10Concession
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