Samoan-Kiwi Ali Cowley is an animator. He's also a father of four, and for his first documentary he focusses on his teenage son Nikau's desire to turn his drawings of character Munch Jnr into a three-dimensional puppet. Nikau has always loved drawing; his parents noticed his lack of emotional engagement early on and as a small child he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. By giving voice to the puppet Munch Jnr, Nikau is able to express himself in ways he would ordinarily find difficult.
I used to have this kind of fear that he wouldn't have any friends...and I feel it's a bit selfish to have that because he's happy.– Nikau's Mum Donna talks about her son
Made with funding from NZ On Air, plus the NZ Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho