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Short film tells story of NZ gay WW2 soldier

Fri 22 Jul 2016 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

The latest project from filmmaker Welby Ings, is based on the true story of a gay soldier in the Second World War who was shot for desertion and locked up in a psychiatric institution for the remainder of his life.   A crowd funding campaign to assist in the completion of the film, in time to submit to the Berlin Film Festival 2017, is currently running on the Arts Foundation crowd funding platform Boosted. With two weeks to go, the film has currently reached 69% percent of its target and needs your support to help it over the line. The story is told through the eyes of the soldiers grandson and uncovers one of the many untold stories in New Zealand’s military history. The award winning artist, educator and filmmaker says “Sparrow is a distinctive New Zealand story located in the beautiful, yet slightly surreal world of blasted quarries, gravel roads, abandoned psychiatric hospitals and wooden schools. Here, hypnotic and graceful camera movement seduces us into the almost magical realism of the narrative.” Ings' previous two shorts, Boy and Munted have been selected in competition in over 50 international film festivals and have won numerous awards, with Boy being long listed for the 2006 Academy Awards. Check out the 90 second teaser for Sparrow here.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 22nd July 2016 - 11:34am

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