Drama this morning. I’m with a friend of mine, in Hamilton (1/5 hours south of my home in Auckland) for her radiation treatment. We turned up this morning at the hospital were put in a room while prison guards and police searching for a runaway prisoner in the roof of the hospital. As we waited imaging the guy scampering around in the roof, we were told they didn’t want to crank up the radiation machine in case it affected the police trying to track him down. It seemed he was in for some dental work and on a toilet break took the opportunity to climb up into the roof. The guards waiting outside wondered why he was taking so long, and then found an empty loo and a missing panel in the roof. He was recovered though, falling through into the office of one of the hospital management. Oh to be a fly on that wall…..
Currently at the Binger Lab, Pietra Brettkelly is selected for The FORUM sidebar of IDFA, the international co-financing market for documentaries and Europe’s largest gathering of filmmakers, television commissioning editors, and independent documentary producers.
On Tuesday November 23, Pietra will pitch – as producer and director – her Binger project A Lightning Strike for the industry audience. Her documentary tells the story of a small Maori community that parts with a 16-year-old boy to attend Yale University hoping he’ll be the one to bring a future back to them. It’s a unique profile of a future leader taking his first steps toward that go