Friday 07 December - 9 pm, preceded by "The North Pole Deception".
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PENNY BLACK MOVIE SYNOPSIS
Beautiful Penny Black rose to fame as the face of Ubernu, the mega-corporation taking over the world. Penny likes the high life, expensive clothes, and fancy restaurants, but she just became guardian for her brother, Brent. He’s 18 going on 8, always dresses like his favorite superhero, Lapwing, and he’s driving her crazy! When he inadvertently sabotages a photoshoot, drives Penny into a public rage, and puts Penny’s modelling career in jeopardy, she panics and heads for Wellington to try to win her job back.
Without anywhere to leave Brent she reluctantly packs him in the car, too, and they hit the road, cruising south til Penny accidentally plants the car into a tree. Luckily, Guy, a charismatic activist picks them up and offers to take them both to Wellington.
Guy is smart, charming and has a different way of looking at the world, and Penny soon warms to his apple tree planting, dumpster diving, billboard altering ways.
But somewhere in the middle of their mayhem, adventure, and bending the law, things start to go wrong…
This selection of seven of the best has been specially curated for the Movies in Parks series. These short films are varied in tone and temperament, but all are engaging and entertaining. The subjects range from an amusing road trip by a gang member with wanderlust to a 'serious' exposé highlighting the poor working conditions for elves in Santa's workshop at the North Pole. Don't miss 2011 Academy Award shortlisted 'The Six Dollar Fifty Man' or Show Me Shorts 2010 Best Film winner 'This is Her'.
Screening in the Aotea Square as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2011.
The North Pole Deception » est un portrait intimiste des tribulations quotidiennes des ouvriers et du gérant d’une usine, ainsi que celles d’un militant sans domicile vivant dans la rue.
C’est un aperçu glaçant de l’exploitation de la communauté elfique par l’occident, dans le lieu le plus froid de la planète.
The highlight was the "world premiere" of Joe Hitchcock's The North Pole Deception, a clever, stop-frame animation satire of workers' conditions at Santa's factory.- Short films pack in originality and wit, Rebecca Barry, NZ Herald (9th Nov 2010)
Hobbits don't have anything to complain about compared with the working conditions the elves have to put up with: the freezing cold, lack of toilet breaks and a tyrannical boss who appears to be the missing link between the workers and the big man himself.
The film had all the makings of parody gold, particularly the broad Kiwi accents that peppered the dialogue with street slang, and blasé yeahs, nahs and y'knows.
Financially-beneficial or otherwise, there's no doubt that the range of films on offer in the 2010 offer a diverse selection of takes on the world. While some films have benefitted from funding, others have been achieved by the sheer amount of time and energy their creators have invested in them – Joe Hitchcock's claymation North Pole Deception (screening in the Imagination strand) being a case in point.- Show Me Shorts: exhibits sexual preference for soft toys, Screen Hub (20 Oct 2010)
What films are you most looking forward to at this years line-up?- Show Me Shorts Film Festival interview, Viewauckland.co.nz
We have such a strong programme of films this year. The collection includes timely and clever gems like the claymation mockumentary ‘The North Pole Deception’, about the poor working conditions for elves in Santa’s workshop.
The North Pole Deception is a claymation doco about the intolerable working conditions for elves under Santa’s yolk and owes more than a little to Aardman’s famous Creature Comforts series.- At the movies with Dan Slevin, Capital Times (10 Nov 2010)
You can read more of his Show Me Shorts reviews at tvnz.co.nz.
"The North Pole Deception sees the workshop conditions of the elves at the North Pole blown apart. Filmed in a doco and interview style, the crude plasticine animation may lack aesthetically but a clever script certainly brings the cruelty into the yuletide season. And the final shot and use of candy canes is perhaps one of the cleverest I've seen in a while."- by Darren Bevan
Shorts Program #4: AMAZING ANIMATIONS
One Small Step (Dir: Damien Slevin/4 min/AUS)
The North Pole Deception (Dir: Joe Hitchcock/10 min/NZ)
The Cats of Mars Meet the Toy Car (Dir: Jacob Stålhammar/8 min/ Sweden)
The Adjustable Cosmos (Dir: Adam Duncan/21 min/AUS)
The Astronomers Sun (Dir: Simon Cartwright & Jessica Cope/6 min/UK )
Lifeline (Dir: Andres Salaff/6 min/USA)
Tales from the Afternow: Little Rocks (Dir: David T. Krupicz/12 min/CAN)
A Complex Villainelle (Dir: Howard Cook/8 min/USA )
SuperBattle: Episode 1 (Dir: Ethan Marak/7 mins/USA)
Yamasong (Dir: Sam K. Hale/9 min/USA)
The Painter of Skies (Dir: Jorge Morais Valle/20 min/ESP)
Tickets from Dendy Newton
Bird Brain (Dir. Patrick McGabe, 9 min, AUS)
Bridge (Dir. Jochen Fitzherbert, 11 min, NZ)
Tundra (Dir. Claire Phillips, 13 min, AUS)
Sacrifice (Dir. Robert Jukic, 9 min, AUS)
Base Jump (Dir. Steve McGillen, 9 min, NZ)
Locked In (Dir. Nick Fernandez, 17 min, AUS)
The North Pole Deception (Dir. Joe Hitchcock, 10min, NZ)