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Paul Wolffram


Fascinated by other cultures since childhood, Paul Wolffram began making films during two years living in Papua New Guinea, studying music for his Doctor of Philosophy. One of the films that emerged was feature documentary Stori Tumbuna: Ancestors' Tales, which was invited to 30 plus festivals. On one of many return journeys to Papua New Guinea he chronicled his 92 hour long initiation to become a shaman, in What Lies that Way (2017). Elsewhere, Wolffram captured the sounds of both nature and Māori music expert Richard Nunns in Voices of the Land: Ngā Reo o te Whenua. Wolffram teaches filmmaking at Victoria University.

I'm trying to make each documentary a radical departure from the last. Paul Wolffram, in a 19 July 2014 interview with Lumière