In this multi award-winning short film, Salote, a cleaner, struggles through a shift at Auckland Airport while hiding the painful reality of her life from those around her. Anapela Polataivao (from comic duo Pani and Pani, and TV series The Market) plays Salote. Night Shift was the fourth short from writer/director Zia Mandviwalla (Eating Sausage, Clean Linen, Amadi). The film enjoyed a successful festival run at home and abroad, picking up a number of awards, including Best Film, Actor and Screenplay at Kiwi fest Show Me Shorts; it was nominated for Best Short at the Cannes Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.
For me, the authenticity lies in bringing truthful human experience to the screen.– Writer/director Zia Mandviwalla on creating authentic characters from cultures outside of her own, The Big Idea, 4 February 2010
A Collective Intake of Breath
Made in association with the NZ Film Commission's Premiere Shorts fund