HanWay Select Appointed to sell prestigious New Zealand Film Commission Library

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HanWay Film’s London-based specialist film division HanWay Select has been appointed to sell a collection of over 50 films that feature the best of New Zealand cinema.

The New Zealand Film Commission films represent the most eclectic antipodean cinema today, a slate which is multi genre, critically praised and commercially successful, including those special films which have played a central part in launching the careers of numerous award winning directors.

Highlights include Jane Campion’s ‘An Angel At My Table’ winner of the special Jury prize at the Venice Film Festival, cult '90s classic ‘Once Were Warriors’ directed by Lee Tamahori, 2 films from Academy nominated Taika Waititi; ‘Boy’ and ‘Eagle vs Shark’, the visionary films of director Vincent Ward; ‘The Navigator’ and ‘Vigil’, Jonathan King’s hilarious comedy ‘Black Sheep’ and recognised auteur Roger Donaldson's ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ starring Anthony Hopkins.

The deal was negotiated, by Mark Gooder and NZFC Marketing Manager, Jasmin McSweeney, and Mark Lane, director of sales and distribution at HanWay Select and Thorsten Schumacher, Managing Director HanWay Films.

Jasmin McSweeney said, “New Zealand films are an important part of our country’s culture and heritage.  Hanway Select’s passion for New Zealand stories and their excellent international reputation makes this a dream partnership for us and a win-win for audiences around the world.”

Mark Lane added 'We are thrilled to add another distinctive film collection to the HanWay stable; everyone remembers the visceral experience of a film like Once Were Warriors, however genre-bending newer titles such as Black Sheep illustrate the diversity of this unique collection'.

HanWay Select's current slate features the recent success 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH with Nick Cave, and illustrious catalogue - featuring over 500 films from directors such as Woody Allen, Bernando Bertolucci and renowned collections from Jeremy Thomas, Wim Wenders and The British Film Institute.