Less documentary than visual essay, Out of the Mist relies heavily on its narration by Kiwi author Eleanor Catton. The language employed is more flowery and verbose than your high school final, however, giving the commentary a particularly subjective – and opinionated – tone.

Although intriguing to those with an interest in film, Out of the Mist will be a tough slog for those who are not. It excellently highlights lesser-known New Zealand films, splicing together a montage of different scenes under different headings to give an interesting glimpse of our national filmography, and whetting the appetite for classic Kiwi cinema.

Out of the Mist is a good introduction to New Zealand cinema for those wanting to get beyond Lord of the Rings but not knowing where to start.

RATING: 2/5


INFORMATION

DIRECTOR: Tim Wong

WRITER: Tim Wong

CAST: Eleanor Catton 

SYNOPSIS: This illustrated film essay contemplates the prevailing image of a national cinema while privileging some of the images and image-makers displaced by the popular view of filmmaking in New Zealand.

The New Zealand International Film Festival is running from July 30th to the 16th of August. Tickets available here: http://www.nziff.co.nz/2015/dunedin/ticketing/buying-tickets/