A homage to Dusky Maiden images as well as a playful take on the low art of velvet painting, Sima Urale’s Velvet Dreams provides a tongue-in-cheek exploration of Pacific Island stereotypes. Part detective story, part documentary, an unseen narrator goes in search of a painting of a Polynesian princess that he has fallen in love with. Along the way he meets artists, fans and critics of the kitsch art genre, as well as the mysterious Gauguin-like figure of Charlie McPhee. Made for TVNZ's Work of Art series, Velvet Dreams played in multiple international film festivals.
If the black and white footage of Urale’s O Tamaiti (1996) provides a sobering and fresh approach to the portrayal of Pacific Island culture, Urale’s follow-up Velvet ...
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Short Film, 1996 (Full Length)
An award-winning short film directed by Sima Urale
Film, 2008 (Trailer, Excerpts, and Extras)
Also directed by Sima Urale
Television, 1981 (Full Length Episode)
Another artist inspired by the South Seas
Music Video, 2003
A music video for Sima's bro, Bill Urale (aka King Kapisi)
Music Video, 2000
Director Sima Urale is King Kapisi’s sister
Television, 1997 (Excerpts)
Also narrated by Jeffrey Thomas
Television, 1996 (Full Length)
Documentary about Samoan musician Pati Umaga
Television, 2005 (Excerpts)
Directed by Sima's sister Makerita
Short Film, 1976 (Full Length)
More controversial colonialist portraits
1999 Yorkton Short Film And Video Festival
Golden Sheaf Award For Best Documentary
1998 New Zealand International Film Festival, Hawaii, New York, Jerusalem