Crafters, quilters and stitchers in New Zealand, there’s a film playing at the New Zealand Film Festival that you must see. “Helmut Makes A Quilt” is a locally-made short film, about the friendship between two people who sew. Quilter Marion starts a penpal exchange with Helmut, an unlikely crafter who stitches in the prison laundry.
Their friendship grows through the gifts they make and send to each other. That’s where the New Zealand crafting community came into it. Volunteer stitchers, including me, created the dozens of goods that the characters created. It was a wonderful experience to sew for and work on this film (which I will write about later), and I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.
The film is made by the hugely talented Greg Wood, which speaks volumes for it already. And the word that I’ve heard, from reliable sources, is that advance screenings have been really, really good. But heck, it’s about sewing! Quilting! That gives it extra points in my book
“Helmut Makes A Quilt” is scheduled to play before David Gordon Green‘s feature-length film “Prince Avalanche” during the Film Festival. There are three screening sessions in Auckland, which are as follows:
Friday 19th July, 8.45 pm at Rialto
Thursday 25th July, 4.30 pm at Sky City Theatre
Friday 26th July, 7.00 pm at Sky City Theatre
Other screenings around the country are yet to be announced. If you’re in Auckland, come join me at the very first big screen showing of “Helmut Makes A Quilt” this Friday.
- The beauty of something useful (carolinelarnach.wordpress.com)