Tama 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
South Australian Premiere
Tama is about a young Maori Deaf boy who wants to perform the Haka. He is isolated within his family where communication is challenging. On a near-fatal car trip, Tama has to confront his father. In his struggle, he begins to grow from an undervalued youth into a proud young man.
Tama is the result of a unique collaboration between Deaf and hearing filmmakers.
Director Jared Flitcroft & Jack O'Donnell | Producer Ashleigh Flynn
Jared Flitcroft is a Deaf film maker from Wellington, New Zealand. He graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Media Studies. He was also the first Deaf person to graduate from the New Zealand Film and Television School. Since then, Jared has been writing, directing and working on sets of numerous films.
Jared is the chairperson of New Zealand Deaf Film Inc. where he leads a team through workshops and collaborations with film industry professionals. He also chairs the New Zealand Deaf Short Film Festival which runs biannually.
Jared had the idea to create Tama when he was sixteen years old. He wanted to tell the story about a Maori Deaf boy who wants to learn the Haka. This is his first collaboration with a hearing director.
Jack O’Donnell has made a number of short fims, documentaries and music videos prior to and following his studies. His first professionally directed film, Copper (2014), was selected for several international film festivals, including the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival (2014) and the Rome CINDEAF Film Festival (2015). His most recent short film, Tama (2017), which he co-directed with Deaf filmmaker Jared Flitcroft, was selected to premiere at the Wairoa Maori Film Festival.
Jack works as a videographer; filming and editing corporate videos, theatre productions, weddings, and special events. He is currently in post-production on a feature length documentary about the Deaf / hearing theatre company Odd Socks Productions, and is in pre-production on the upcoming documentary, The Maata Project. Based in Wellington, New Zealand.