From the creators of Once Were Warriors comes a Kiwi film called The Patriarch, which is based on Witi Ihimaera's novel Bulibasha.
This is Lee Tamahori’s second New Zealand film. His first was Once Were Warriors, which cost $2 million and returned $6.5 million to its New Zealand investors. The Patriarch has the same team behind it, but with more experience and a bit more money.
We need $500,000, the last 5.3% of the total budget of the film. Investors who contribute to this $500,000 will be part of an elite group of just 18% of all the stakeholders in the film. This elite group is first in the queue to recoup both their capital plus a 20% per annum premium from net income.
We are thrilled to present this offer to Kiwis through Snowball Effect. It means that New Zealanders can be part of creating and being rewarded for making another Lee Tamahori film.
We hope you will help us make it happen.
Images courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library and Communicado Features.
Snowball Effect investors are being offered shares in The Patriarch Investment Company Limited, a company incorporated exclusively for the purpose of providing funds to The Patriarch. The team behind The Patriarch include the following:
Lee is an internationally acclaimed feature film director who has returned to New Zealand after 20 years working overseas, mainly in Hollywood.
His feature film credits over this period include: The Devil’s Double (2011), the real life story of Latif Yahia who worked as a body double for Uday Hussein which premiered at Sundance this year. Next (2007), starring Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore, xXx: State of the Union (2005), starring Ice Cube and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2002, he directed the James Bond film Die Another Day starring Pierce Brosnan. Other films Lee has directed are Along Came a Spider (2001) starring Morgan Freeman, The Edge (1997) starring Antony Hopkins and Mulholland Falls (1996) with Nick Nolte and Melanie Griffith.
Lee left New Zealand to explore many exciting opportunities after the huge critical and commercial success of his first feature film Once Were Warriors (1994). Produced by Robin Scholes, the film won the Critics’ Award at The Fantasporto festival in Portugal 1995, the grand Prix des Ameriques, the prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the Public Prize at the Montreal World film festival 1994, Best Director award at the NZ Film and Television Awards 1994, the Audience Award at the Rotterdam International film festival and the Anicaflash prize at the Venice film festival in 1994.
Lee has just started filming a big budget feature in Europe starring Adrien Brody but if The Patriarch is funded he will return to New Zealand later this year to make a much lower budget film about a story and people who are dear to him.
International Sales Agent
Wild Bunch is one of the world's leading players in the field of international film sales with a wealth of experience recognised by foreign distributors worldwide, and a broad selection of the best of Director-led international cinema. Currently handling an international sales catalogue of around 300 titles, Wild Bunch has established a reputation for both professionalism and provocation with distributors worldwide.
Wild Bunch distributed through international sales, such films as The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius, Asterix by Laurent Tirard, Che (1 & 2) by Steven Soderberg, Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore, Maradona by Emir Kusturica, Of Gods and Men by Xavier Beauvois, Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki, Vicky Cristina Barcelona by Woody Allen, The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky
Wild Bunch international sales activities are part of Wild Bunch SA, an independent Paris based European film distribution and production services company that manages a library of more than 1,700 films. Wild Bunch also developed a pan-European distribution network and is direct distributor to all media in France (Wild Bunch Distribution and Wild Side), in Italy (BIM Distribuzione), in Germany (Wild Bunch Germany/ Central Film Verleih) and in Spain (Vertigo).
Hopscotch is now in its ninth year of operation and during that time has firmly established itself as one of Australia’s most prolific distributors, with a strong reputation for acquiring films that challenge, entertain and inspire audiences. Hopscotch's very first release Bowling for Columbine became the highest grossing documentary in Australian history and was followed by major box office hits including Fahrenheit 9/11, Somersault, Touching the Void, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Pan's Labyrinth, Bra Boys, The Lives of Others, The Wrestler, Bright Star, Mao's Last Dancer, The Kids are Alright, Source Code and Incendies.
In addition, Hopscotch Entertainment, Hopscotch's DVD home entertainment division, opened its doors in February 2004, complementing their critically acclaimed theatrical DVD releases with classic films from acclaimed directors Ingmar Bergman, Pedro Almodovar, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Mira Nair, Patrice Leconte and Wong Kar Wai, cutting edge features and documentaries and cult TV from the BBC, Channel 4 and Australia’s finest local production houses.
In 2009, Hopscotch Features was launched, to allow Hopscotch to deepen its involvement in the Australian film landscape and to work with emerging and established filmmaking talent from as early as concept-stage. A joint venture with Andrew Mason, one of Australia's most experienced producers (The Matrix Trilogy) and John Collee, one of Australia's most commercially successful screenwriters (Master and Commander, Happy Feet), Hopscotch Features will act as a "one-stop shop" for film finance, development, production and distribution.
In 2011 Hopscotch was acquired by global media group Entertainment One. Entertainment One is one of the world’s leading independent content and distribution businesses with interests in film, television, music and merchandising across the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands and South Africa.
John Collee is a UK born Sydney-based novelist and screenwriter who previously worked as a doctor and wrote a popular long-running column for the Observer newspaper. His novels include Paper Mask, Kingsley’s Touch and The Rig, all of them published by Penguin. His screen credits include the Oscar nominated Master and Commander (2003) and the Oscar winning Happy Feet (2006). His film Creation about the domestic life of Charles Darwin opened the Toronto Film Festival in 2009. His $80M children’s animation based on the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs was released in 2013. His latest film Wolf Totem, has just completed filming in Mongolia with Jean-Jacques Annaud directing. In addition to The Patriarch his current projects include an adaptation of The Odyssey for FX network and an adaptation of The Alchemyst for AMPCO and Di Buonaventura pictures. He is Creative Director and script supervisor at Hopscotch Features whose recent output includes Saving Mr Banks, I Frankenstein and the upcoming The Water Diviner with Russell Crowe.
Associate Producer, Script Consultant
Witi Ihimaera is the author of Whale Rider (1987) which was made into the highly successful international film starring Keisha Castle-Hughes and directed by Niki Caro (2002). The film won many audience awards around the world and the book has been published into 33 languages. Two other books of Ihimaera’s have also seen acclaimed screen adaptations: Nights in the Gardens of Spain 2010 (released as Kawa in the USA, 2012) and White Lies 2013. A hard-working and award-winning author, Ihimaera has 13 novels and seven short story collections to his credit. His last novel was The Parihaka Woman 2011 and his short story collection The Thrill of Falling was published in 2012. His next book is Maori Boy, a memoir, to be released in November 2014. He has also had careers in diplomacy and teaching, and is currently a professor of creative writing at the Manukau Institute of Technology. He lives in Auckland. Apart from awards for his books, Witi is also the recipient of a number of personal awards including Distinguished Commander of the Order of New Zealand for his pioneer services to literature and the Maori community. During his recent appointment as Citizens’ Chair, University of Hawaii, he received one of the inaugural “Star of Oceania Arts Awards” in recognition of his work as a pioneer Pacific and indigenous writer. He is one of New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed authors with his books translated into many languages.
Producer, and Director of The Patriarch Investment Company Ltd
Earlier in her career Robin graduated from both Auckland and Edinburgh Universities and became a lecturer at both Essex University in the United Kingdom and Auckland University in Art History and Film Studies. She then went on to work for TVNZ, writing, directing and producing documentaries and various studio and magazine shows. She was a 1980 Fulbright Scholar attending the New York Film School to study and make a feature documentary.
She was one of the founding partners and executive directors of Communicado where she devised, financed and produced a wide range of television series.
At Communicado she initiated several documentaries and docu-drama series including True Life Stories, Heroes and Magic Kiwis.
She initiated and produced the online drama series The Factory in 2012 and is currently in post production for a 6 part drama series on Gallipoli that will begin screening on Anzac Day 2015.
Films that Robin has both financed and produced include Mr Pip written, directed and co-produced by Andrew Adamson, Hopes and Dreams written and directed by Brendan Donovan, The Tattooist directed by Peter Burger, Crooked Earth directed by Sam Pillsbury, Rain directed by Christine Jeffs, Broken English directed by Gregor Nicholas and Once Were Warriors directed by Lee Tamahori.
Robin was awarded an OBE in 1997 for her services to Film.