Doco up for Oscar nomination

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The animated documentary 25 April is making New Zealand film history – it is the first time a New Zealand film has made the animated feature category list of the Academy Awards.
It is one 27 films to be considered for an Academy Award nomination.
The film, directed by Leanne Pooley, of Auckland, tells the story of six people, including Gore’s Lieutenant-colonel Edmund Bowler, who took part in the Gallipoli campaign.
The five nominees for the award will be announced next Tuesday and the 89th awards will be held on February 26.
Pooley said not only was it the first time a New Zealand animated documentary had been considered for the nomination shortlist but the film was unique in another way.
“It is the only one solely directed by a woman – it’s nice to be in contention,” Pooley said.
The South Island premiere of the film was held in Gore on April 25.
Films need to meet various criteria in order to be considered for a nomination, including being released in the United States.
It had been an interesting journey showing the film at various festivals around the world, Pooley said.
“What’s been really lovely is the film screened at the biggest animation festival in the world, which is the festival called Annecy in France.
“Getting to watch the movie with a French audience was fantastic.
“It’s really interesting to watch the film reach an audience outside New Zealand because a lot of people outside New Zealand would never have heard of Gallipoli.”