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malaysia part 7 writing Hayden J. Weal

Malaysia and the Mentors – Part 7/7

  LAST DAY   With the Auckland crew gone, me and Dan remained. It was time to hang up the Mentor tags and head home.     Last day | 9:15am I’m at breakfast reading and I never want to leave. It’s perfect. Better still, a pack of Greek families seem to have checked in […]

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Johnny Barker Annie Duckworth in malaysia

Malaysia and the Mentors – Part 6/7

From here on out, it’s all fun and games. No more work, just drinking and relaxing and exploring Kuala Lumpur with the team. This is a travel blog.   Sunday 11:54am I just slept for a decent half hour on the air-conditioned-but-still-hot bus from Sri Tamplak to Meleka. We’re heading to the beach! Two hour […]

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Malaysia HJW

Malaysia and the Mentors – Part 5/7

It’s time to do Kuala Lumpur!     With the 48hour film festival being completed, I leave Kuching and make my way to Kuala Lumpur to join the other NZers where we cease to ‘work’, instead spending our time traveling and enjoying Malaysia.   11:19am I have been notified, while I was enjoying a grande hazelnut […]

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Malaysia and the Mentors – Part 4/7

In Post Three, we left the teams at noon with just under twenty four hours to go until the end of the 48hour competition. Things are heating up. Emotions are running high while hours of sleep are running low.   Wednesday | 4:32pm The edits are coming along fine but the editors have a severe lack […]

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Malaysia and the Mentors – Part 3/7

4:09am | We are still shooting. Oh yes. I am still here. Eighteen hours into the competition. We’re shooting in a tunnel with a light and everybody is in remarkably good spirits considering. It’s raining too.

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Kuching waterfront

Malaysia and the Mentors – Part 2/7

Malaysia Part 2 of 7: Meeting the Students Last time we caught up in Malaysia Part 1, it was mid-morning, I was crouching on a toilet in the Kuala Lumpur airport ready to board my Malaysia Air flight to the beautiful island of Kuching. I knew I’d be mentoring a handful of film students through their first […]

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Hayden J. Weal hotel

Malaysia and the Mentors – Part 1/7

Sitting on possibly the most uncomfortable toilet of my life doing one of the most anticipated and glorious poos of my life. It’s been almost 48 hours since my last delivery, possibly more so, and all this airport food and black coffee has combined to make quite a pleasing parcel.

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Boyhood worth the 12 year wait

Alright, alright, alright.   Richard Linklater has directed two films in my top ten. The eternally entertaining (and career making) Dazed and Confused, and the beautiful romance trilogy Before Sunrise, Sunset, Midnight (it’s a series, but I’m gonna refer to it as a single entity for the sake of cleanliness).       Because of this, I’ve anticipated the […]

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Housebound nz

Housebound is our new Braindead

Okay, I just got back from the NZIFF’s Wellington premiere of Housebound. It’s a NZ made microbudget horror-comedy. It’s a scary movie that’s genuinely scary and what’s more, it’s a funny movie that’s genuinely funny. The crowd (while admittedly being an excitable audience) whooped and hollered throughout. I’m talking screams, guffaws, mass intakes of breath, the whole horror film shebang.

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The Dark Horse hits the kiwi-film nail on the head

I just returned from watching The Dark Horse, a new New Zealand film based on the true story about Genesis Potini, a charismatic chess champion with slight mental instability.   Uncle Cliff Curtis plays Genesis (or Gen) and Aptent he’s fucking incredible. He scoffed down a whole bunch of pies in order to gain 60 […]

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Denzel Washington in Man on Fire

Tony Scott’s masterpiece Man on Fire

I rewatched Man on Fire last night and holy Masterclass: shit, I can’t Digs remember it being that good! Denzel and Dakota are charming as all heck and the cutting, sound and music direction work harmoniously together, setting a dramatic and emotional tone – from the getgo. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it […]

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The website is alive!

    HOLY SHIT IT’S WORKING       And Hayden said ‘Let there be a site!’ property and after a week of fucking around with little idea what to do, the site was made. Online. There. You’re on it.   Big thanks to Elena Bryant for handing me the студия building blocks and being […]

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