Must-sees for NZ made movies, television series, short films, and documentaries.  

He Kākano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between

Directed by Kathleen Winter & Produced by Jaimee Poipoi

A courageous takatāpui (Māori LGBTQI) activist is fighting for true diversity in our Gay Pride celebrations.

New Zealand’s Pride celebrations are glitzy and glamorous, but takatāpui activist Kassie (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga) is challenging the inclusivity of the festival. The historic Wellington Pride celebration forces Kassie to make a decision. Will she take part and speak for those who are both queer and Māori?

This short documentary utilises English and te reo Māori to tell an intensely personal story of a courageous wahine (woman) fighting to be heard.
The te reo Māori content in this short documentary has been made possible with the support of Te Māngai Pāho.

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Tits on a Bull

Steambox Films
Written & Directed by Tim Worrall

Set in a Maori women's rugby team, Tits on a Bull follows Phoenix, the young star player, as she struggles to choose between her longtime friendship with aging coach Rusty or her new relationship with lesbian team-captain, Mel.

Shot on location in Rotorua, New Zealand, Tits on a Bull has won Best Short Film Prizes at the Screen Writers Awards of New Zealand and the Wairoa Maori Film festival and has screened at over thirty film festivals around the globe.

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More Than Four

Inside OUT

More Than Four is a new video and poster resource from InsideOUT, exploring the identities and experiences of and beyond 'LGBT' identities. We spoke to over 30 members of the rainbow community in Aotearoa New Zealand to explore the experiences of people who are asexual, aromantic, intersex, non-binary, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, takatāpui, fa'afafine, akava'ine, queer parents and people who identify as both Māori, Pasifika or Asian and queer. The resource aims to give localised visibility and representation to some of the more marginalised experiences within rainbow communities, simultaneously providing opportunities to see ourselves reflected and to learn about the experiences of others that make up our community.

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Pot Luck

Written & Directed by Ness Simons

Pot Luck started out as an idea in the head of Writer/Director Ness Simons, and grew into a six-part original webseries grounded in the friendship of a group of Wellington lesbians. Telling stories for a community who hardly ever get to see themselves on screen is something Ness is really passionate about, and this naturalistic comedy offers a taste of local life in three great flavours.

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Life is Easy

Written & Starring Cole Jenkins and Chye-Ling Huang 

Life Is Easy, comes from the TVNZ New Blood initiative to support new storytellers. This body-swap comedy/drama series explores ideas of race, privilege and sexuality and is aimed at millennials. The lead characters are an Asian female and a gay male, bringing more diversity to our screens.

Writers Cole Jenkins and Chye-Ling Huang say they created the work to talk about race, sexuality and gender in a light hearted way. “In a nutshell, she’s Chinese, straight and female; he’s white, gay and male. Though they always thought they shared everything, their ideas about race, privilege and sexuality are challenged as they find themselves living each other’s lives with no way to escape.”

Coming soon to TVNZ OnDemand