Christmas Eve 1944
On Christmas Eve in 1944, two teenage girls, Ania, a Polish orphan refugee and Sarah, a farm girl, discover their friend Tamati, a local Māori boy, broken and weeping at an ancestral cave in the thick forest at the base of the epic volcano, Mount Taranaki in New Zealand.
He has just learned that his father has been killed in action in Italy and yearns to call his spirit home. But to do so, he needs the others to tell stories of their own loss. On this one night, the three teens find peace through friendship, unity and understanding.
Christmas Eve 1944 is currently in post-production and will be submitted to festivals in 2019.
Kawakawa Fox-Reo/Phoenix Connelly/Lara Strong
DIRECTORS: David Strong/Wanda Lepionka
WRITERS: David Strong/Wanda Lepionka
PRODUCERS: David Strong/Wanda Lepionka/Michelle Turner
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Richard Bluck NZCS
EDITOR: Paul Sutorius