Song of the Kauri
Queenstown singer-songwriter-musician and film-maker
Mathurin Molgat (pictured) created Song of the Kauri, a
documentary on the significance of the native tree species.
, a self-produced feature
documentary by a debut Queenstown director, has been selected
to screen at the 2013 Environmental Film Festival, run by
National Geographic magazine, in Washington DC.
The film by Mathurin Molgat has also been selected to screen
as part of the All Roads Film Project, gaining selection for
the Hot Springs, International Documentary Festival in Hot
Springs, Arkansas, one of the oldest documentary film
festivals in the world.
Song of the Kauri was also selected to screen
as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival's full
travelling festival in July.
Featuring musicians Jackson Browne, Nigel Gavin, Michael
Chapdelaine, Tiki Taane and Miranda Adams, alongside
philosophers, economists, historians, scientists and
woodsmen, Song of the Kauri examines how the kauri species is
deeply rooted in the cultural, economic and musical history
of New Zealand, yet was nearly eradicated.
The documentary asks if kauri can become New Zealand's
currency in the new world of green economics.
Shot in high-definition over three years, the film started
its national general release at Rialto cinemas in
mid-November and will show at more than 18 cinemas
It is expected to be screened at Dorothy Brown's Cinema,
Arrowtown, from November 29.