Anzac Day 2020 will still be, as it always has been, a time for us all to remember humanity's ultimate sacrifice and loss. But due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, our commemorations this year must be apart in body, yet very much together in soul. This will be the safest way we can continue to learn from the past to inform a better future.
For SET IN STONE we just wanted to say another huge thank you to all the amazing audiences and supporters we've met over the years since we first screened this film in 2017.
We couldn't have made or shared any of it without the wonderful storytellers, family members, craftspeople and Whanganui community who all contributed to and feature in it. Plus we remain humbled by the encouragement and recognition we received from NZs fabulous Doc Edge team. Thank you all.
So now we're delighted to announce that SET IN STONE will be released, in full, for free online viewing in your bubbles from this Anzac Day, 25 April 2020, at 7am. It will then stay online, freely viewable from anywhere around the world, indefinitely.
Kevin Double & Melita Farley
Following on from a successful year of festival screenings we are delighted to announce that a new director's cut of Set In Stone is now ready for further distribution and public screenings.
The recut version includes the full narration as originally recorded with Jay and also features some recently released archive photographs of the Māori Contingent.
The first public screening of Set In Stone (director's cut) will be as part of Thoughtful Thursdays, a new regular series of documentary screenings every Thursday evening in Whanganui at Confluence. Set In Stone is scheduled for 6 September at 6:30pm. Tickets are on sale now at www.confluence.kiwi/events
In April and June we were honoured to be able to share the story of Set In Stone with two wonderful audiences of Herewini's whānau. The first screening was on Anzac Day at the museum of South Taranaki in Patea, which is a small township just a short distance away from Herewini's home town of Waitotara. The second screening in June was organised as part of Puanga by Ngā Rauru iwi in Whanganui for their kaumātua, which was screened in the Embassy3 cinema in Whanganui. Thank you to everyone who helped make these screenings possible. Sharing this story with an audience is always an amazing and emotional experience, especially so when the audience share their whakapapa to it.
Yesterday Set In Stone's producer and director were delighted to be invited to speak with the Probus club of Palmerston North. Everyone enjoyed a presentation featuring clips of the film and an explanaintion about how Set In Stone was conceived, made, and shown to audiences. This was followed by a Q&A and sharing news of the next public screening on Anzac Day in Patea. It is hoped that a group of club members will be able to attend this screening to see the film in full.
It was fantastic to meet so many aspiring filmmakers, and such a great experience to share Set In Stone with Kelburn Normal School students today.
From a plan hatched during DocEdge last year, a great bunch of about 80 students and teachers have spent the last week in Whanganui. They were camping down at Kai Iwi beach and managed to visit many of the places and landmarks featured in the film, including Pakaitore and the Māori War Memorial.
Super ambassadors for their school and indeed some future filmmakers amongst them, it was our pleasure to be part of their audience and Q&A session.
It was great to be able to share Set In Stone with another fantastic Whanganui audience. Commemorating armistice day through story told via film was a powerful experience to be part of. And if you missed this screening then check out the screenings page for news of the next ones.