Tongan Ark

A film for the senses as much as the mind, this lyrical documentary records the miraculous last years of Professor Futa Helu and his enduring ‘Atenisi Institute, an unconventional Tongan institution that proudly stands apart from church and state.

Ancient Greek philosophy, opera and Tongan culture come together in this uncommon portrait of a teacher and his people, as they navigate a sea of repression and doubt in a small but hearty Pacific island kingdom.

The entire 69min film is now free to watch on Vimeo

Reviews:

The New Zealand Herald,

Overland Journal

Reading the Maps



Ghost South Road

Writer Scott Hamilton and filmmaker Paul Janman walked two hundred kilometres from the edge of the King Country at the Puniu River up New Zealand's longest road.

The Great South Road was built to bring a British army into the Maori Waikato Kingdom. We wanted to confront the layers of myth and history that have settled on the route.

A book has been published by Atuanui Press and a documentary film is in production. Follow the journey on facebook.