Idiosyncratic director Florian Habicht returned to his early home turf of Northland for a documentary about a mother and son. As with his earlier films Kaikohe Demolition and Land of the Long White Cloud, Habicht set out to uncover the character and spirit of locals leading seemingly unremarkable lives. James & Isey is set in the town of Kawakawa, where irrepressible kuia Isey Cross lives with her devoted son James. Habicht encounters the pair in the lead-up to Isey's 100th birthday. Isey explains her worldview and James reveals the spiritual preparations he has made leading up to the milestone celebration.
Popped him out and that's it. Nek minnit...– Kuia Isey Cross talks about her son James
Laughing Whale Films
Made in association with the NZ Film Commission
Features songs by The Tahiwis, The Howard Morrison Quartet, Daphne Walker and The Human Instinct