FIRE IN THE WATER, FIRE IN THE SKY

2021 | SHORT FILM

Tia has always survived – but in turn she has forgotten how to dance. Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky is a modern statement inspired by climate change and colonisation in Te Moana-nui-a-kiva. 

Sisters Tia and Ina are far from home. Tia is steadfast and protective of freespirited 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 encourgaed 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 film by Mīria George.

CAST

Evotia-Rose Araiti
Samoana Nokise
Te Hau Winitana

WRITER & DIRECTOR

LANGUAGE ADVISORS

IWI KAITIAKI & DOC RANGER

DOC RANGERS

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

1st ASSISTANT CAMERA

2nd ASSISTANT CAMERA

GAFFER

EDITOR

COLOUR GRADER

FIRST ASSISTANT DIRECTORS

ART DEPARTMENT

SOUND RECORDIST & DESIGNER

MUSIC COMPOSER

COSTUME DESIGNER, HAIR & MUA

WARDROBE ASSISTANT

SCRIPT EDITORS

CATERING

PRODUCER

LINE PRODUCER

Mīria George

Tupu Araiti & Peter Winchester

Gemma Wright, Taranaki Whānui

Jeff Hall & Evan Ward

Elise Lanigan

David Russell

Erin Murphy

Michelle Cameron

Lala Rolls

Glenys Perry

Natano Keni & Karena Letham

Tony De Goldi

Trent Williams

Karnan Saba

Natala Gwiazdzinski

Cara Louise Waretini

Hone Kouka & Sarita So

Angie Stainer, Chef Girl & Bar Boy

Hone Kouka

Sarita So

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.