Kia Ora koutou,
I’ve been away casting in Fiji and just returned to a private screening of In Dark Places, the Teina Pora story, which is heart breaking in it’s telling. Directed by Michael Bennett who also wrote the book, it’s a well crafted, harrowing story of Teina’s innocence and the people who championed him in his plight to get a fair trial. Michael was also one of those people so the story is very personal to him and became personal for all of us who worked on it. We all felt our justice system failed an innocent and vulnerable individual. A gorgeous young actor named Richard Te Are MacDonald was cast fresh out of Toi Whakaari drama school. I auditioned him over Skype and knew immediately that he was right for the role. he also features in The other side of Heaven 2′ the American feature film I worked on in Fiji from February to May. More to come on that later.
it’s good to be involved in some truly great local work. RESOLVE was another local Film with a socially devastating outcome. Chris Crean is another innocent young man, who this time suffers at the hands of brutal gangsters.
On a lighter note I’ve been enjoying Ahikāroa the short 5 minute drama eps delivered on Digital media as well as Broadcast on Māori television service. These beautiful young urban adults challenge all stereotypes about Māori youth. Well perhaps.
So after 30 plus years of casting I took a break to focus on responsibilities as Chair of Nga aho Whakaari (Māori in screen NZ), and to make another documentary. ‘What are we going to do about mum’.
But that’s enough about me here. Check out other websites and IMDB which is not so accurate but at least has some records.
ma te wa na Christina Asher