if you missed it this morning, kim hill's interview with john simpson is very well worth a listen. mr simpson directed the film "men's group", which is to be released in nz this thursday. the basic storyline is:
men’s group is the story of six very different men; Paul, Freddy, Cecil, Lucas, Moses and Alex . They meet once a week at Paul’s home to talk. When they begin they are complete strangers.
They soon discover that they have something in common, being male. As trust grows between them they gradually begin to share as they learn to listen to each other. They discover that they are not quite so alone in their fears as they had presumed.
It takes a tragedy for the men to finally understand that they must take responsibilities for their own lives and those of their loved ones.
it was really interesting to hear mr simpson talk about the process of making the film (which he did on a zero budget), the motivation for making the film, how he "put food on the table", and another film he chose to distribute, about human trafficking in australia.
what i found most inspiring was that he could find success in promoting films that the major studios/distributors wouldn't touch, because they believed no-one would be interested in the stories. his experience was that people are interested in the serious issues, and would engage and relate to the films he distributed.
i don't know if "men's group" will be showing in hamilton, but if anyone here ends up watching it, i'd be interested in hearing what you think.