A New Zealand movie that explores the true story about a gay soldier in the Second World War who was shot for desertion and locked up, is looking for financial support to finish production.
Told through the eyes of the soldier’s grandson, Sparrow is a said to be a unique film that is powerful and thought provoking, and uncovers one of the many untold stories in our military history.
A project by filmmaker Welby Ings who is an award winning artist, educator, and filmmaker whose unique visual style combines art-house sensibilities with a deeply visceral narrative to produce a truly cinematic experience.
His 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.
“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,” said Ings.
“Here, hypnotic and graceful camera movement seduces us into the almost magical realism of the narrative.”
With the help of arts grants and private investment Sparrow was filmed over a 6 day period in May 2016. The epic production involved 79 scenes, 50 cast members, 8 locations and is set in the 1940’s and 1960’s.
The film’s production team are currently mid-way through a crowd funding campaign, to assist in the completion of the film, in time to submit to the Berlin Film Festival 2017.
The funding campaign is on the Arts Foundation website Boosted, where they’ve attained 83% of the target so far, but need to raise the rest in the next ten days.
They have also been chosen by Indiewire magazine as their Project of the Day. Online voting for Project is underway and can be found here.
Last Updated on Jul 25, 2016