This 2015 Loading Docs short follows Tihei Harawira as he freestyle raps at Otara Markets. Diagnosed with autism and dyslexia as a child, Harawira didn’t ‘fit’ and was the victim of bullying. But an appreciative audience at the flea markets — where he busks ad hoc rhymes set to a beat box — have enabled Tihei to find his voice. ‘Tihei’ means “the breath of life”, a name he was given by an aunty after being resuscitated at birth. Tihei was directed by Hamish Bennett and produced by Orlando Stewart, the team behind 2014 NZ Film Festival award-winner Ross & Beth.
Richard Riddiford's documentary work spans finance, politics, history and the arts. He has also directed and co-written two features - Peter Hayden/Judy McIntosh romance Arriving Tuesday, and 1989 thriller Zilch! Riddiford is a director and producer, often taking on both roles at once. His CV includes two-part stock market doco Class of '87, and Joe Bennett's Guide to the Corridors of Power.