Ruru- A Comedy-Drama Short Film

By Joshua Dale

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Ruru- A Comedy-Drama Short Film

Project 2020-10-26 16:51:21 +1300

Ruru is, at its heart, a film about self identity. The film follows Alex, a part-Maori young man, as he is given an assignment in his Te Reo Maori class to present his pepeha. This forces Alex to engage with a part of himself that he has previously shied away from, and a mysterious figure in a Morepork Mask follows Alex everywhere, pushing him to engage with his culture in a way that is authentic to him, regardless of what society expects of him.

 

This film explores the experience of many modern Maori, the generation who were born with white skin, and were raised in the city, with almost no connection to their heritage, as their parents and grandparents were told to be ashamed of who they were. 

 

What does it mean to be Maori when your skin is the wrong colour? When you don’t speak the language? When you’ve never even been to your Marae?

 

Those are the questions at the heart of this film, as Alex explores his heritage when he feels as if he is the wrong kind of person to be Maori.



Director: Joshua Dale

Josh is a director, editor and cinematographer who’s passion for film has been ingrained in him since primary school. Josh has created numerous short films, either through the 48Hours Filmmaking Competition, through classes at Victoria University, or just for the fun of it. Holding an undergraduate degree in History and Film, as well as completing an Honours in History programme, Josh has always been passionate about exploring uniquely New Zealand stories. This film is based heavily on his personal experiences growing up part-Maori in modern New Zealand, and he is enthusiastic to tell a story about Maori that many New Zealanders might not be aware of.



Producer: Vaishnavi Anand

Vaishu is a producer, director and writer with experience in a range of filmmaking and photography competitions. She’s also a part-time scientist, and uses those skills in her filmmaking, to ensure production is going ahead smoothly. Excited about all things film, she can’t wait to help bring Josh’s vision to life! 

 

Director of Photography: William Cho

 

Editor: Jiaqi Tang

 

Film Score by Robyn Bryant

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Pledgers 19

Anonymous pledger
2020-11-10 17:37:17 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2020-11-10 17:35:45 +1300
Rhonda-Justin Mills
2020-11-09 21:54:18 +1300

"Well done, luv Mills Whanau"

Gavin
2020-11-09 12:36:48 +1300
leonie wise
2020-11-06 06:34:22 +1300
Kathryn Fitzpatrick
2020-11-01 08:14:54 +1300

"What a great project - good luck!"

Anonymous pledger
2020-10-31 09:31:39 +1300

"We are so poud of the hard work. Cannot wait to see it."

Anonymous pledger
2020-10-30 20:59:41 +1300

"Here you go boy. Grandad"

Kathleen Kassay Pue
2020-10-30 14:46:23 +1300

"We are SO very proud of you Josh!!! Love, Aunt Kathy and Uncle Jimmy"

Thomas Kassay
2020-10-30 11:37:49 +1300
Gilbert Patten-Elliott
2020-10-29 22:43:35 +1300
Ella Austin
2020-10-29 11:55:19 +1300
Raylene King
2020-10-28 21:49:06 +1300
Wendy Eyles
2020-10-28 21:27:48 +1300

"Go Josh! Can't wait to see it."

Toni Wellington
2020-10-28 20:44:09 +1300

"All the best Josh! I can't wait to see it! "

Anonymous pledger
2020-10-28 19:56:19 +1300
Ashleigh Dale
2020-10-28 19:50:24 +1300

"I believe in you! "

Lynda Carroll
2020-10-28 19:18:55 +1300

"All the best Josh Lynda"

Finn Carroll
2020-10-28 17:21:47 +1300

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Ruru- A Comedy-Drama Short Film

Project 2020-10-26 16:51:21 +1300

Ruru is, at its heart, a film about self identity. The film follows Alex, a part-Maori young man, as he is given an assignment in his Te Reo Maori class to present his pepeha. This forces Alex to engage with a part of himself that he has previously shied away from, and a mysterious figure in a Morepork Mask follows Alex everywhere, pushing him to engage with his culture in a way that is authentic to him, regardless of what society expects of him.

 

This film explores the experience of many modern Maori, the generation who were born with white skin, and were raised in the city, with almost no connection to their heritage, as their parents and grandparents were told to be ashamed of who they were. 

 

What does it mean to be Maori when your skin is the wrong colour? When you don’t speak the language? When you’ve never even been to your Marae?

 

Those are the questions at the heart of this film, as Alex explores his heritage when he feels as if he is the wrong kind of person to be Maori.



Director: Joshua Dale

Josh is a director, editor and cinematographer who’s passion for film has been ingrained in him since primary school. Josh has created numerous short films, either through the 48Hours Filmmaking Competition, through classes at Victoria University, or just for the fun of it. Holding an undergraduate degree in History and Film, as well as completing an Honours in History programme, Josh has always been passionate about exploring uniquely New Zealand stories. This film is based heavily on his personal experiences growing up part-Maori in modern New Zealand, and he is enthusiastic to tell a story about Maori that many New Zealanders might not be aware of.



Producer: Vaishnavi Anand

Vaishu is a producer, director and writer with experience in a range of filmmaking and photography competitions. She’s also a part-time scientist, and uses those skills in her filmmaking, to ensure production is going ahead smoothly. Excited about all things film, she can’t wait to help bring Josh’s vision to life! 

 

Director of Photography: William Cho

 

Editor: Jiaqi Tang

 

Film Score by Robyn Bryant

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Anonymous pledger
2020-11-10 17:37:17 +1300
Anonymous pledger
2020-11-10 17:35:45 +1300
Rhonda-Justin Mills
2020-11-09 21:54:18 +1300

"Well done, luv Mills Whanau"

Gavin
2020-11-09 12:36:48 +1300
leonie wise
2020-11-06 06:34:22 +1300
Kathryn Fitzpatrick
2020-11-01 08:14:54 +1300

"What a great project - good luck!"

Anonymous pledger
2020-10-31 09:31:39 +1300

"We are so poud of the hard work. Cannot wait to see it."

Anonymous pledger
2020-10-30 20:59:41 +1300

"Here you go boy. Grandad"

Kathleen Kassay Pue
2020-10-30 14:46:23 +1300

"We are SO very proud of you Josh!!! Love, Aunt Kathy and Uncle Jimmy"

Thomas Kassay
2020-10-30 11:37:49 +1300
Gilbert Patten-Elliott
2020-10-29 22:43:35 +1300
Ella Austin
2020-10-29 11:55:19 +1300
Raylene King
2020-10-28 21:49:06 +1300
Wendy Eyles
2020-10-28 21:27:48 +1300

"Go Josh! Can't wait to see it."

Toni Wellington
2020-10-28 20:44:09 +1300

"All the best Josh! I can't wait to see it! "

Anonymous pledger
2020-10-28 19:56:19 +1300
Ashleigh Dale
2020-10-28 19:50:24 +1300

"I believe in you! "

Lynda Carroll
2020-10-28 19:18:55 +1300

"All the best Josh Lynda"

Finn Carroll
2020-10-28 17:21:47 +1300

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