FIRE IN THE WATER, FIRE IN THE SKY

Image by Tawata Productions

2021 | SHORT FILM

To live is to dance.

Tia has always survived – but in turn she has forgotten how to dance.

Sisters Tia and Ina are far from home. Tia is steadfast and protective of free-spirited Ina. Tia is focused on each labouring job ahead of them. Phonecalls home to their family a reminder of why they must continue. Ina is wild, carefree, her spirit only slightly dampened by the push and focus of Tia.

The younger sister brightens when her want to play, to dance, is encouraged by the keeper of the house, Tee. A friend to both sisters and a safe haven for them too, Tee struggles with the reality of their situation.

A story of migration, ‘fire in the water, fire in the sky’ is a statement inspired by climate change.

From Te Moana-nui-a-kiva – the South Pacific Ocean – and told in Cook Islands Māori & English. A short film by Mīria George.

CAST

Evotia-Rose Araiti
Samoana Nokise
Te Hau Winitana

WRITER & DIRECTOR Mīria George

LANGUAGE ADVISORS Tupu Araiti & Peter Winchester

IWI KAITIAKI & DOC RANGER Gemma Wright

DOC RANGERS Jeff Hall & Evan Ward

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Elise Lanigan

1st ASSISTANT CAMERA David Russell

2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA Erin Murphy

GAFFER Michelle Cameron

EDITOR Lala Rolls

COLOUR GRADER Glenys Perry

FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTORS Natano Keni & Karena Letham

ART DEPARTMENT Tony De Goldi

SOUND RECORDIST & DESIGNER Trent Williams

MUSIC COMPOSER Karnan Saba

COSTUME DESIGNER, HAIR & MUA Natala Gwiazdzinski

WARDROBE ASSISTANT Cara Louise Waretini

SCRIPT EDITORS Hone Kouka & Sarita So

LINE PRODUCER Sarita So

PRODUCER Hone Kouka

Ka nui ngā mihi ki ngā tangata whenua o te rohe nei! E ngā iwi o Taranaki Whānui ki Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Maui, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa. Ngā mihi mahana e kia manuia ki a kotou katoatoa.

Inspired by the live performance installation Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky, created by Mīria George & devised by Te Hau Winitana, Mapihi Kelland, Irie Manarangi Mua & Amanda Noblett, Costume Design by Cara Waretini, Props by Tony De Gold. First performed at Kia Mau Festival, 2017, in Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Maui, partnered by Creative New Zealand. Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky was developed at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa Campus, in 2017 as part of the Fulbright Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer in Residence Programme.

Ngā mihi mahana e meitaki ranuinui ki a koutou Annie Collins, Chris Ward, Jason Stutter, Tusi Tamasese, Anaru Dalziel, Pikihuia Haenga, Huia Gray me ngā uri o Te Moana nui a Kiva.

MASTERED AT SPOOKY PICTURES