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‘Boy’ best Kiwi short film

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier
On set
‘BOY’ writer and director Welby Ings on the set built at Arapuni with Te Awamutu actors Tammy Warwick and Jesse Lee. File photo

By Dean Taylor

A short film with strong Te Awamutu connections has taken out New Zealand’s most valuable film festival prize to go with its numerous overseas awards.

‘Boy’, which was conceived, written and directed by Welby Ings, has won the John O’Shea New Zealand Film Award and a prize package worth over $23,000.

Mr Ings won awards for art direction and best director and Bella Erikson won best editor.

Mr Ings grew up and was educated in and around Te Awamutu and is associate professor of graphic design at the Auckland University of Technology art school.

The short film includes two Te Awamutu actors, Te Awamutu College student Jesse Lee and well known local theatre actress Tammy Warwick. Much of the filming was undertaken at a set built at Arapuni.

This year’s awards had a strong Hollywood connection, with the inclusion on the jury of festival patron, renowned cinematographer Michael Seresin (‘Angel-Heart’, ‘Angela’s Ashes’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’) and fi lm directorHarold Becker (‘City Hall’, ‘Mercury Rising’ and ‘Domestic Disturbance’).

‘Boy’ is also shortlisted for the 2006 Oscars, having won the Californian film festival Cinequest 2005. One of the world’s major festivals, Cinequest 2005 screened 575 feature films and 1202 short films from 40 countries.

Mr Ings has a new project underway, his first feature length film. The story covers three generations of a Waikato family affected by their grandfather’s stand as a conscientious objector during World War II. Mr Ings says it will be an unusually styled film which he is planning to shoot in Te Awamutu, Otorohanga and White Island in 2007.

Previously Mr Ings made ‘The Coopers’ which interwove true stories from several Pukeatua families into a fictional story about one family and the animated ‘Shadow’ in which rural children tell their stories.