During WWII the Post Office photographed letters, enabling mass mailing to soldiers via rolls of film. Post Office worker Ngaire (Yvette Reid) deals with mail for soldiers serving overseas. On this small, handsomely-framed canvas, writer-director Paolo Rotondo explores how war and distance affect relationships. Dead Letters makes a persuasive case that the memories preserved in words and film contain their own magic, even when that magic is tinged with sadness and death. It won best short screenplay at the 2006 New Zealand Screen Awards.
Quarter Acre Pictures
Executive Produced by Catherine Fitzgerard of Blueskin Films
Made in association with the Short Film Fund of the New Zealand Film Commission
National Film Unit footage courtesy of TVNZ Archive
'All My Tomorrows' performed by Maria Rivers, with orchestra conducted by Marty Paich