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This documentary sees Dean Spanley director Toa Fraser and producer Matthew Metcalfe swap dialogue for dance. Based on The Royal NZ Ballet's acclaimed 2012 production of Giselle, the movie features American Ballet Theatre star Gillian Murphy as the dance-mad villager, wooed by a prince in disguise. Inspired by concert film The Last Waltz, a Leon Narbey-led camera team filmed the performance, with scenes of the lead dancers in Shanghai and New York counterpointing the onstage action. Following its Kiwi festival debut, Giselle screened at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

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 Toa Fraser
 Matthew Metcalfe
 Jacob Chown

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(Producer) Matthew (Metcalfe) came to me with real generosity and grace. He basically said here's some money to make a ballet film and it can be whatever you want. The parameters were both broad and narrow at the same time. 
The talent and charisma of the dancers shine through ... Leon Narbey's cinematography beautifully captures the details you might not see from theatre seats, portraying the action from high angles, or intimate close-ups, making the most of the dancers' acting skills, as well as bringing every important twitch of the legs into relief. 
From beginning to end, this film is very much inspired by what the Royal New Zealand Ballet are doing on stage — the music, the movement and the emotion on stage does all the story-telling for you. 


Festivals include:
2013 Toronto (Contemporary World Cinema), 2013 New Zealand