Moon on Maori TV

Posted on August 6, 2012 by Mike Riddell

We’re delighted that The Insatiable Moon will be screening on Maori Television this Sunday 12th August at 9.00pm, immediately followed by Lunatic: Destigmatizing Mental Illness with Arthur of Ponsonby.

In the months leading up to shooting the film, naysayers were thick on the ground. In the midst of it all, Manutai Schuster and her team from Maori Television made for a refreshing oasis of encouragement. They got what we were trying to do immediately, and were fantastically supportive.

A few years down the track now, it’s very special to have the film and the related doco screening on Maori Television. We hope it rates well for them and rewards the faith they had in the project from the earliest days.

The release accompanying the screening announces Moon as opening a season of New Zealand feature films. It reports:

“First up is THE INSATIABLE MOON starring Rawiri Paratene as psychiatric patient Arthur, who claims to be the second son of God. The 2010 film, which also stars Ian Mune, Sara Wiseman and Greg Johnson, was shot on a shoestring budget and went on to win national and international awards.

Paratene says it is great that Maori Television is promoting and supporting New Zealand film.

“It’s great when [the films] get out on to free-to-air television. It gives them another breath of life and it gives a wider group of New Zealanders a chance to see them.”

THE INSATIABLE MOON is a film that has wide appeal, he says.

“It’s a bloody good yarn and it’s well told. New Zealand is a yarning culture. Whether we are outdoor workers or gathered around the water-cooler, we love a good yarn. It’s a movie New Zealanders can feel proud of.”

Following the screening of THE INSATIABLE MOON is a short documentary called LUNATIC, which uses scenes from the film to explore attitudes towards mental illness.”

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