An adaptation of a story by a five-year-old boy who plays himself in the film. An experimental video that tests the filmic potential of a children's story, emphasising children's capacity for strong visuals, colourful characters and a sense of the unlikely.
A five-yar-old boy, CJ Hurihanginui, reads to the school a story he has just written. His story, a visit to the doctor because of an unusual problem is reconstructed. the boy is 'cured' and his story is a success.
The Pancake is an adaptation of a story by the same name. It is a forty word story written by a five-year-old boy. the story is a strongly visual one and the film sets out to prove that film is a worthy medium for retelling a child's story.
The Pancake targets certain traits common in stories children write. They suspend disbelief quite effortlessluy. Adults become fun people. There is an enjoyment in the unpredictable. it has not been made for a juvenile audience although juveniles relate well to it. The story's creator plays himself in the film and is satisfied with the result.
Colour, 16 mm