Tauihu Shorts Film DIVE Selected to Screen At Telluride

Tauihu Shorts Film DIVE Selected to Screen At Telluride

Tauihu Shorts Film DIVE, written and directed by Matthew Saville and produced by Julia Parnell, was selected for the 41st Telluride Film Festival from 29 August to 1 September 2014.

Telluride is one of the most prestigious US festivals and is considered a filmmakers festival with its focus on the love of film.

RIDE received two screenings at Telluride and was critically acclaimed, which should bode well for for the director’s filmmaking future.

Tauihu Media look forward to more exciting festival news to come with this brilliant short film.

Mathew Saville

Actor-director Matthew Saville is of Kiwi and South African ancestry. After studying acting and writing, his play Kikia te Poa won acclaim. Alongside acting roles, Saville created kid’s show Kune’s Kitchen. His directing debut — short film Hitch Hike — thumbed its way to film festivals in Durban and Finland.

DIVE Long Synopsis

A year after the death of the love of his life, George has hit rock bottom. He’s disheveled, living in squalor and lacking hygiene. He can’t even hang himself properly. He’s in such a sorry state that this morning, in the bathroom, George discovers that his reflection has turned its back on him. Following a frustrating attempt to trick it into turning around, George angrily throws a cup at the mirror, which then smashes, revealing a portal to a mysterious dark water void.
Suited up in old diving gear, George enters the portal and traverses the abyss in search of himself. When he emerges back in the bathroom with his reflection in tow, a clumsy fight ensues between the two flabby men, coming to an abrupt end when George gives his reflection a swift swipe to the face with a dirty toilet brush. Face to face with what he has become, George’s reflection gives him just the push he needs to confront his wife’s death and begin to deal with his grief.

Tauihu Shorts

Tauihu Shorts is a New Zealand Film Commission Executive Producer POD run by Tauihu Media under the high-end Premiere Shorts programme. It is contracted to select and oversee the production of four short films from 2010 – 2012. Each short  has an allocated budget of NZ$90,000 The Tauihu Shorts executive producers are Poata Eruera, Brad Haami and Tui Ruwhiu.

Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival is a film festival held in Telluride, Colorado, U.S., over Labor Day Weekend in September of each year.

The bulk of the program is made up of new films, and the festival’s insistence on North American premieres has led to Telluride being associated with the discovery of a number of important new films and filmmakers.