2021 | SHORT FILM
TO SURVIVE IS TO EXIST. 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 migrant story, Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky is a modern statement inspired by climate change from Te Moana-nui-a-kiva, the South Pacific Ocean.
Written & directed by Mīria George. Produced by Hone Kouka for Tawata Productions.
Te Hau Winitana
WRITER & DIRECTOR
IWI KAITIAKI & DOC RANGER
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
1st ASSISTANT CAMERA
2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA
FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTORS
SOUND RECORDIST & DESIGNER
COSTUME DESIGNER, HAIR & MUA
Tupu Araiti & Peter Winchester
Gemma Wright, Taranaki Whānui
Jeff Hall & Evan Ward
Natano Keni & Karena Letham
Tony De Goldi
Cara Louise Waretini
Hone Kouka & Sarita So
Angie Stainer, Chef Girl & Bar Boy
Ka nui ngā mihi ki ngā tangata whenua o te rohe nei! E ngā iwi o Taranaki Whānui ki Te Upoko 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.