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Can Kauri become New Zealand’s currency in the new world of green economics?
Can Kauri become our currency in the new world of green economics? Poetic, political and timely, Song of the Kauri is a surprisingly frank and firmly grassroots documentary film that every New Zealander needs to see.
Kauri are New Zealand’s majestic and mythological native trees. They are deeply rooted in the cultural and economic history of New Zealand, yet were nearly eradicated by early settlers and questionable government policies.
Song of the Kauri explores the current perspectives and tensions surrounding sustainable planting of Kauri, and the latent economic and creative potential of our sleeping giants.
Northland local, and internationally renowned luthier Laurie Williams is one of a select few who works with this wonderful timber. His instruments resonate with the heart and soul of New Zealand. Laurie Williams guitars have been played in orchestras and symphonies, in stadiums and in solitude, their unique qualities attracting enormous world wide attention.
Featuring acclaimed musicians Jackson Browne, Nigel Gavin, Michael Chapdelaine, Tiki Taane and Miranda Adams alongside philosophers, economists, historians, scientists, professors and woodsmen, Song of the Kauri will entertain and anger, challenge and enchant.
Poetic, political, surprisingly frank and firmly grassroots, this film reveals a story which has remained hidden from the mainstream. It’s a documentary every New Zealander deserves to witness.
Cast and Crew
Cast (as themselves)
- Karamea Davis, Kaitiaki, Farmer
- Laurie Williams, Luthier
- Jackson Browne, Musician, Activist
- Tiki Taane, Ngati Maniapoto, Musician
- George Kerr, Investor
- Steve Lane, 4th generation forester, Lane & Sons
- Keith Stewart, Author
- Nigel Gavin, Musician
- Miranda Adams, Assistant Concertmaster, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
- Michael Chapdelaine, Musician, Professor, University of New Mexico
- Mark Mazengarb, Musician
- Eden Roberts, Musician
- Steve Wildey, Musician
- Mathurin Molgat, Director, Producer
- Annie Collins, Editor
- Swami Hansa, Cinematographer
- John Patrick, Sound
- Dave Turnbull, Co-Producer
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Mathurin has been involved in the New Zealand film industry since 1985. He was the screen lead in the 1987 cult film The Leading Edge. in which he also worked as post production supervisor and in the marketing and promotion.
Mathurin and Academy Award nominee Michael Firth went on to produce several more films and in 1989 won ‘Best Short’ at the International Festival of Adventure Films for their production Skifield in the Sky. In 1990 Mathurin represented New Zealand film at the Singapore International Film Festival where he was a keynote speaker. He has worked in well over 50 film productions and television commercials. Mathurin is a former World Cup skier and has featured in commercials and films in Europe, America, Japan and Australasia. He was voted among the top 20 adventure skiers on the planet in 1992. He is an action camera operator and a professional stills photographer, a songwriter / composer and guitarist. He has toured the world and recorded several albums. He owns a recording studio in Queenstown.
Song of the Kauri is his documentary directorial debut and he has surrounded himself with a stellar cast of uniquely talented people who are all impassioned by this project and share a common vision to tell this story.
Director’s vision for the documentary:
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