Kapi-Mana News : June 21st 2011
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Paraparaumu College The Board, Principal and Staff invite parents and prospective new students in 2012 to an OPEN EVENING on Tuesday 28th June at 6.30pm in the Auditorium followed by tours around the College R.A. Campbell Principal The 2012 Prospectus is available from the College Office Films from home Four New Zealand feature films and two local retrospective films will screen in this year's New Zealand International Film Festival, organisers announced today. Florian Habicht's Love Story is part romantic comedy and part documentary following Habicht on a search for love in New York. New Zealander Kerry Hamill was captured, tortured and killed by Khmer Rouge in 1978. In Brother Number One, Annie Goldson follows Kerry's brother, Olympian and trans-Atlantic rower Rob Hamill, on his journey to Cambodia to testify at the War Crimes Tribunal. Daytime Tiger is a new documentary by Costa Botes that captures local writer Michael Morrissey's struggle with manic depression. Park Kiyong's documentary Moving looks at the impact of the Christchurch February 22 earthquake on a Korean immigrant family attempting to rebuild their lives in Christchurch. Mana Waka, the 1990 feature- length documentary directed by Merata Mita, will screen as a tribute to the film-maker, who died a year ago. Illustrious Energy, a highly regarded but little-seen 1988 feature by Leon Narby, will screen as a retrospective title in Wellington only. Set in central Otago in 1895, two Chinese immigrants dream of returning to their home country as they struggle to make a living gold mining. Festival Director Bill Gosden said the 2011 offering of New Zealand films is small but stellar. None of these film-makers are newcomers to the festival and we couldn't be more delighted that they have chosen to premiere their latest films with us.'' The New Zealand International Film Festival will run from July 28 until August 14. Programmes will be available from July 1. Taping the tiger of bipolar disorder By JIM CHIPP Burning bright: Writer Michael Morrissey is the subject of Daytime Tiger, a film documenting his week-long slide into an episode of manic illness. Does genius sometimes lie in mad- ness? That's an intriguing question posed by Hataitai film-maker Costa Botes' documentary Day- time Tiger. The film, which is among the locally made offerings in this year's New Zealand Film Festival, tracks a one-week period in the life of Auckland writer Michael Morrissey, as he spirals into a severe manic phase of his bipolar disorder. At Morrissey's invitation, Botes somewhat reluctantly agreed to film him and his wife as they coped with his illness. Botes said he was most attracted by the aesthetic possibilities of the subject, because Morrissey is a respected academic and writer. Some people with bipolar dis- order, formerly known as manic depression, are high achievers who sometimes credit their suc- cess to the heightened perception and accelerated thought they believe the manic phase of con- dition brings them. Kay Redfield Jamison has writ- ten several books on the subject and is head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the United States, despite suffering from the disorder. Does mania open up the cre- ative gates? And where does creativity come from? Is there a part of the brain that people who are manic can access more readily?'' asks Botes. Michael's answer to that was, and probably still is, yes. The proof of that being that so many geniuses have mania. But my own feeling was . . . that it doesn't mat- ter how much of a frigging genius you are, how tight your conduit is to creativity, if you haven't got the discipline to do the work, then it's all for nothing anyway. And I could really see that in Michael.'' Morrissey has written a book on the subject, Taming the Tiger. It's sort of an ironic title, Taming The Tiger. Morrissey's title could refer to his condition, but also to his wife, who he calls the daytime tiger, said Botes. When I was filming him, he always took the line that he knew best and he could control it [bipolar disorder]. The analogy he gave is surfing the giant 40-foot waves in Hawaii. Someone with enough skill and experience was able to do it and he was that man, that he always knew when it was coming and he would be able to surf it [a manic episode],'' he said. If this is surfing I see rocks ahead.'' Morrissey asked Botes not to make the film soft, but was sur- prised how hard the finished prod- uct was. It's not matinee enter- tainment but I don't think it is particularly gruelling, particularly if you get a group of people together. They seem to see the humour in it,'' Botes said. The film depicts Morrissey in control of his behaviour, partly in control and then out of control. In fact you can actually see that change,'' said Botes. That was one of the challenges I had when editing the film. I mean, I didn't want to sub- title it, but I wanted people to see and understand what they were seeing.'' Botes said the film gives an up- close look at a case of mental ill- ness that is unbelievably frank and often surprisingly funny. For more information on Daytime Tiger, visit costabotes.com/daytime-tiger. For advice or information about bipolar disorder, visit mentalhealthfoundation.org.nz.
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