Youth is terrific. It has youthfulness. Intelligence has
Then there is informativeness, innovativeness and
irreverentness - key concepts every one.
It was, in fact, those concepts that attracted me to the
New Zealand Young Producer Shorts 2012.
But the clincher was this: The British Broadcasting
Corporation was involved.
The BBC has BBCness. Not just Britishness - British
Broadcasting Corporationness. The very idea fills me with
happyosity. Not to mention joyity.
So here it is then - from December 3, the New Zealand
Young Producer Shorts 2012 will be broadcast on BBC
Knowledge - that channel which used to be the
ever-so-excellent Documentary Channel on Sky.
The NZYPS invites producers with youngness - they must
be under 30 - to tell New Zealand stories that are
intelligent, informative, innovative and sometimes
Younger people are better at those sort of concepts.
The elderly are more likely to be indignant, intransigent and
irrelevant - not to mention incontinent. I am.
The great thing about the New Zealand Young Producer
Shorts 2012 is they have locality.
No, that's not right. They have localness, or localosity
They are local.
They include a short film by some young fellow from
Wellington about men who are professional drag queens. There
is another by a young lady from Auckland about four young
(again) New Zealand comedians heading to the Melbourne
International Comedy Festival. The most local is Steep
Street by local film-maker George Dawes.
George Dawes has a history.
Last year he was involved in the documentary Three Little
Pigs: A Curly Tale, as part of the Otago Centre for
Science Communication course in science and natural history
His film is about Baldwin St, the fellow who runs up and down
it, a bus driver and four French gentlemen with hangovers. It
will be broadcast on December 6.
Then there is Lost and Found, by Joey Bania.
Lost and Found is a short film about Blair Somerville,
an unusual artist who makes odd things somewhere southern and
strange called Papatowai, in the Catlins.
Blair uses do-it-yourself techniques to create strange
sculptures that move. He also surfs, but there is no reason
to hold that against him.
Bania does fun things with animation, enjoyable stuff with
sped up and slowed down film, evocative lighting, and other
unusual techniques that bring the enjoyably weird subject to
life. He has clearly spent a lot of time on his film. He has
spoken to locals, even, and filmed them in that way that
makes them look very local.
His film has intelligentness, informativeness, innovativeness
It gave me happyosity.
Watch it on December 4.
- Charles Loughrey.