News 2016

Orphans & Kingdoms - Art & Film

23 March 2016

The James Wallace Arts Trust are proud to support the release of Paolo Rotondo’s award-winning debut feature film, Orphans & Kingdoms. The Trust has purchased a large piece of graffiti-art, entitled “KEY", which features in the film. All proceeds from the purchase of this work are going towards the filmmakers’ costs to self-release the film in cinemas.
The work, comprised of four panels (2.4m x 1.2m each) of painted MDF, was created to look like a concrete wall in the Waiheke home where the film was shot, by production designer and artist Lyn Bergquist. The work features the distinctive red “KEY” tag of the film’s antagonist, Kenae, played by 14 year old Calae Hignett-Morgan (The Dark Horse), and is now on permanent loan in the foyer of TAPAC: The Auckland Performing Arts Centre. TAPAC is thrilled to support the housing of this work over the film’s release.
Orphans & Kingdoms is a powerful drama starring Colin Moy (In My Father’s Den, The Most Fun You Can Have Dying) alongside three talented young newcomers. Winner of numerous awards, including “BEST FILM” (Anchorage Film Festival), “BEST EDITOR” (NZ Film Awards) and “BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY” (Las Cruces Film Festival,) Orphans & Kingdoms was shot entirely on Auckland’s Waiheke Island on a micro-budget with assistance from the NZ Film Commission, Random Films, Flying Fish plus sponsors, crowd funding investors and generous support from the Waiheke Island community.
Please help these passionate kiwi filmmakers by joining the cast, crew, VIP’s and media at the Sealink gala screening of Orphans & Kingdoms at Auckland’s Civic theatre on April 5th. All proceeds from ticket sales to this special red carpet event go towards the cost of releasing the film nationwide. Thanks to an innovative partnership with Eat My Lunch, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary snack box designed especially for the screening by award winning chef, Michael Meredith.
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