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Niki Caro - the cult of shoes to Vintner's Luck

Niki Caro - the cult of shoes to Vintner's Luck

Interviews - 2009

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Director Niki Caro has made movies in East Coast townships, French vineyards, and Minnesota coal mines. Caro’s latest feature The Vintner’s Luck has just been released, inspired by Elizabeth Knox’s tale of angels and winemakers. Although feature films Memory and Desire and the breakthrough hit Whale Rider made Caro’s international name, her early career was also rich, and much of it can be sampled on NZ On Screen. In this ScreenTalk interview, Caro talks about:

  • the question she asked winemakers prior to making The Vintner’s Luck; and the similarities between making wine, and making movies
  • starting off in film
  • discovering her love for working with actors, while directing offbeat TV drama The Summer the Queen Came (1992)
  • reaching for “a potent visual storytelling” on Sure to Rise, a short film with hardly any dialogue
  • the terrors of the Cannes Film Festival, after Sure to Rise was one of only eight short films in the world invited to compete
  • the delights of making Footage (1996), an unusual documentary about the cult of the shoe
  • how she bypassed the head-turning success of Whale Rider thanks to being pregnant with her first child
  • a tale of toilets, trucks and self-doubt, from the first day of shooting North Country

This video is available on YouTube, to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence

Direction and Interview – Ian Pryor. Camera and Editing - Alex Backhouse