Pluck & Elementa

Doc Edge Festival 2020 On Tour
  • Sat 5 Dec 2020
  • 4—5:15PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Rating: Exempt
  • General $16.00
  • Concession $12.50 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • Booking essential
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

A perfect kiwi double-feature – two beautiful films and our Academy-Award qualifiers for next year’s Oscars; Pluck is 2020’s Best New Zealand Short. Jean Neshausen has learned to weave korowai out of unravelled feather dusters and roadkill. She’s made 15 cloaks for her community so far, but not yet for her daughter, and life has dealt her an unfair deadline. Elementa - this year’s Best New Zealand Feature, is a visual feast filmed over five years on seven continents. Ice, fire, earth, air and æther collide with incredible cinematography from Earth’s most remote places including the vast wilderness of the white continent, ancient rainforests, oceans and erupting volcanoes.


12 years ago Jean learned to weave korowai, traditional Māori feather cloaks. Her source of feathers varies from unravelled feather dusters to roadkill. To date, Jean has made 15 cloaks for her community.

But now she faces her own mortality, with the realisation that she hasn’t made one for her daughter. For this korowai, Jean takes us on a weka hunt to the windswept and barren Chatham Islands, Rekohu – 600 kilometres off the coast of Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand.

It’s a tough time, given that Jean is now on her third round of chemotherapy, but she is adamantly determined to make one last trip. Jean’s openness and honesty is refreshing, as she tells her story with humour and frankness.

2020 | NZ | 27 min | Dir. Kirsty Griffin, Viv Kernick


Deep in Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest lives a rare, unique and seldom seen creature, a black bear with white fur, known locally as Moksgm’ol (the ghost bear). According to local mythology, the creator Raven asked the black bear to make one in ten cubs white, as a reminder of the Great White Time, when the world was covered in ice.

Elementa completes Richard’s Speechless trilogy, which began a decade ago with Landscapes at the World’s Ends (Doc Edge 2011) and continued with Speechless: The Polar Realm (Doc Edge 2015).

Filmed over five years on seven continents, Elementa is Sidey’s second collaboration with musician Boreal Taiga (Landscapes at the World’s Ends).

Ice, fire, earth, air and æther collide in this artistic, environmental feature, visually guided by compelling cinematography from Earth’s most remote lands. Experience the vast wilderness of the white continent and ancient rainforests, to the revered power of the world’s oceans and erupting volcanoes.

The film is a black-and-white visual meditation of all that is wild — an escape, and a chance to reconnect with the wilderness.

Prepare yourself for full immersion. Explore, Uplift, Reconnect.

2020 | NZ | 43 min | Dir, Richard Sidey

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