A film showcasing the communities of Central Otago has been selected to screen at the 2019 Doc Edge Film Festival.
‘ I was pleasantly surprised at how ready communities were to come out to these concerts and support them. ,
Central to the Soul, directed by Bill Morris, of Port Chalmers, features characters and communities from across Central Otago.
The film was shot last year and includes performances by artists including Hopetoun Brown, Adam McGrath, Helen Webby and Michael Hurst as they play to community audiences in town halls and community centres.
Local people also featured in the film, including Roxburgh Pioneer Energy Brass Band manager Alex Gordon.
‘‘We found some good people in each town who were able to give us a rundown of what life in the community was like,’’ Mr Morris said.
Central Otago had been through many changes over the years, including changing demographics and changes in economic factors.
‘‘The decline in family-owned orchards and farms, and the impact that has on communities.’’
But he found there was a great willingness for people to come together for music and performing arts events.
‘‘I was pleasantly surprised at how ready communities were to come out to these concerts and support them.’’
The film was an Arts On Tour NZ project with funding support from Central Lakes Trust, Creative NZ and the Otago Community Trust.
Arts on Tour general manager Steve Thomas said it was an honour to be accepted for the international Doc Edge festival.
‘‘Central to the Soul is much more than a music and performance film — it is an exploration of community and its importance to the wellbeing of the people who call this region home,’’ Mr Thomas said.
The Doc Edge film festival takes place in Auckland from May 30 to June 9 and in Wellington from June 13 to 23.