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ChillDocs 2019

The ChillDocs 2019 films are here and you can watch them right now!

We put a call out to filmmakers around New Zealand, asking them to submit their proposals for short documentaries. Following this open call for submissions, five films were selected to receive funding. Spanning a breadth of subject matter, these films provide a unique perspective on people, places, and goings-on around New Zealand. A curious leopard seal, an extravagant doll collection, embattled land protectors, female identifying drag queens, and a community plagued by rats – there’s a little something for everyone.

Have a watch, share with a mate, and, most importantly, learn something new!


Daisy Lawless (Director), Samantha Dutton (Producer)

Edith Gibson lives in the heart of suburban Auckland with her 3000 Dolls; repairing and caring for them. In this 11 minute documentary, she invites you into her home, shares her prized dolls, and imparts pro tips and tricks for repairing these beauties to their former glory.

Samantha Crews (Director, Producer), Connor Slattery (Director, Producer)

Despite drag being an art form dedicated to celebrating femininity, female identifying queens are yet to be regarded as equals. Her Beneath Her details the experiences of three girls in different stages of their drag careers, as well as exploring the challenges they face finding acceptance as women in a male dominated industry.

Ethan Alderson-Hughes (Director, Producer)

An on the ground observation of the day’s following the eviction of the Protect Ihumaatao Campaign from their ancestral whenua, and the stories of the land at the heart of the conflict.

Lana Young (Director, Producer)

Furry friend or murderous menace – can one leopard seal change the way we view her entire species? When Antarctic leopard seal ‘Owha’ arrives in Auckland harbour, scientist Dr Krista Hupman begins a quest to fight for its protection and life, urging us to reconsider how to live alongside these animals.

Steph Miller (Director, Producer), Belle Gwilliam (Director, Producer)

Daryl, a reclusive ex convict, turns local hero when his state home and the surrounding community of Strathmore Park is overrun by rats.

A big thank you to all the wonderful teams that participated this year! We were absolutely floored by the hard work and talent each team brought to their projects.

See you next season!


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