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WIFTI screening in Christchurch

The Mobile Meat Processing Unit will be screening next week in the WIFTI entries Showcase. A big thanks to WIFT NZ for organising these screenings in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Come along and enjoy some great films by New Zealand gals! Register with WIFT (Women in Film and Television) at the link below.

2014 NZ entries for WIFTI Showcase

Whitebait-TV screening room,
41 Princess St, Christchurch
Thursday 26 June
6 p.m. for 6.30p.m. screening

The entries for the 2014 WIFTI Showcase were of such a high standard we decided to organise special screenings for our members so you can see them all.

The program is as follows:

  • The Mobile Meat Processing Unit Pr/Wr/Co-dir: Gaylene Barnes
  • Wide Eyed Wr/Dir: Catherine Bisley Pr: Catherine Fitzgerald
  • The Silk Pr/Dir: Claire Burgess and Nathalie Boltt
  • Four Eyes United Club Wr/Dir: Aidee Walker Pr: Morgan Stewart
  • Charlie Floyd’s Visionarium Dir: Emma Schranz Pr: Jaimee Poipoi
  • Here Now Dir: Chelsie Preston Crayford Ed: Gwen Norcliffe
  • In Safe Hands Wr/Dir: Jackie van Beek DOP: Ari Wegner
  • Friday Tigers Dir: Aidee Walker Pr: Julia Parnell

Come along to see the impressive offerings from WIFT members, have a glass of wine and connect with your fellow WIFT members.

Arrive at 6pm for a glass of wine.

Meanwhile book to attend via

members: free

non-members: $15
via WIFT New Zealand | Film and Television Industry News from Women in Film and Television New Zealand – 2014 WIFTI entry screening Christchurch.


FINAL Screenings at the NZIFF

MMPU screened to a packed crowd in the largest screen at Hoyts Riccarton during the weekend. The drawcard was the film The Human Scale, which featured Christchurch and it’s current rebuild. While MMPU revealed the fictional and absurd consequences of letting the machines we build take over and get out of hand – this documentary exposed this absurdity in practice – as it is being built today in the gigacities. They particularly focused on the motorway flyovers, and inhumane residential development. Both films were about an equilibrium thrown out of kilter, by our own hands and our creative impulse. It behoves us therefore to create consciously, with regard to our fellow human beings, and all the creatures of the planet.

Throughout New Zealand our film has now been seen by thousands of people during the NZIFF. I would like to thank the festival curators of the NZIFF for putting these two films together, and allowing the resonance of each to speak to a greater issue.


Wednesday 7 August, 1.45pm Hoyts Northlands
Thursday 8 August, 11.30am Hoyts Northlands

Saturday 10 August, 10.30am The Regent Theatre
Sunday 18 August, 10.30am The Regent Theatre

Paired with “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Our short film “The Mobile Meat Processing Unit” will screen in the central square of Hamburg on Wednesday, 14th of August before the fantastic film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” by Benh Zeitlin!

Shortlisted for the NZIFF NZ’s Best Short Film Competition

We’re pleased to announce that The Mobile Meat Processing Unit has been chosen as one of 12 shortlisted films for the New Zealand International Film Festival’s ‘New Zealand’s Best’ short film competition. International filmmaker Alison Maclean has been confirmed as selector for this competition. Alison, based in New York, directed the classic short film Kitchen Sink ~ one of the most frequently screened NZ short. NZIFF Director Bill Gosden says “We couldn’t be more pleased that this year’s shorts are being honoured with her attention.”  So say we all! The final 5-6 films selected for the programme will be announced 30th May 2013.

See Press Release

Screening in ROME in May

A slice of New Zealand rural life is set to play out on the big screen in Rome and Seoul this May, 2013. Christchurch animated short film The Mobile Meat Processing Unit has already screened in Ireland, Sydney and the Yukon. It has now been selected to screen at the Green Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea and also at MasHRome, in Italy. 

This quirky, slightly black comedy, written by Christchurch based producer Gaylene Barnes, and directed by Gaylene and Ed Davis, expands on the theme of Mary who had a little lamb – on an idyllic family farm. A series of catastrophic events unfold following the arrival of a high-tech mobile freezing works. Environmental themes are to the forefront in this film, and were recognised by the Korea Green Foundation which established the Green Film Festival in 2004. It’s a festival that “seeks to share the hope for a better world where all the lives can be in harmony with the environment and nature.”

The Mobile Meat Processing Unit combines still photography, paintings, moving image, green screen acting, 2D and 3D animation into ten minutes of comedic dramatic action. It was this ‘remixed’ feature that attracted the selectors of MasHRome, an innovative and exciting film festival in only it’s 2nd edition which celebrates the Mash up / Remix genre. “The mashed up 2.5D animated style was the best way to tell this story – with it’s cast of hundreds of animals – within a budget that I could realistically find” says Gaylene Barnes.

The Mobile Meat Processing Unit was made possible by funding from the Screen Innovation Production Fund and the Independent Filmmakers Fund. Written, co-directed, animated and produced by Gaylene Barnes. Co-Directed and animated by Ed Davis. The film features Canterbury actors Tom Trevella, Mila Inder and Jill Barnes. 3D animation by Hawick Inkster and sound design by Campbell Platt.

Screening in South Korea on Monday 13th May

Check out the program here

The film is part of the ‘Panorama Shorts 1’ programme screening during the Green Film Festival in Seoul. A film festival supported by the Korea Green Foundation. According to Google translate, the film is in the “Climate change and the future plus backgammon organic and GMO” section!

Some other interesting Google translations: “Automatic packing machine came to the farm one day, Happy Valley Trailers. The machine swallowed a sheep farm Packers’ll make. Obtained at the expense of consumer products and commodities. The more products you want to farm owner only their livestock trailer bachiji,,,, his greed does not end.Snowy though …… love Mary and daughter Mary, the amount left for him in the end.”

Sounds intriguing!

Selected For Detmold!

 31 May – 9 June 2013

More than 3000 short films from 86 countries were submitted to 2013 ISFF Detmold. We are pleased that The Mobile Meat Processing Unit is among the number selected to screen in Detmold in early June 2013. A highly populated part of Germany, we have expectations of it receiving a wide audience.

The organisers say: “The ISFF Detmold isn’t only well known in Germany, people come from all around the world to take part in this amazing event. For nine years, the Festival has enjoyed a  popularity every summer. The focus is on the art of short film, yes, but there is a varied and colorful framework program as well, with international live acts, concerts and happenings. The participation is definitely worth it!”