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Short Film (Full Length) – 2020

Jean Neshausen is determined to finish her most special korowai yet, but unfortunately, she's up against declining health. A large amount of feathers is required to make korowai (traditional hand-woven Māori cloaks), so Jean collects road kill, unfurls $2 feather dusters and has dead birds delivered by locals. Between four rounds of chemotherapy, a determined Jean returned to the Chatham Islands to source feathers for her daughter's korowai. It ended up taking two trips to the Chathams, feathers from around 60 weka, and almost two years to complete. Jean died in September 2020 after a long battle with cancer. 

I have no intentions of going. I've told you girls, 99, in the saddle, I just don't know who's the jockey.
– Jean tells the film crew she's not giving in just yet

Key Cast & Crew

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Julie Alp

Editor

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Gareth Van Niekerk

Sound Mix

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Kirsty Griffin

Co-Director, Producer, Camera, Editor

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Viv Kernick

Sound, Co-Director, Writer

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Maree Sheehan

Sound Design, Composer

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Elayne Chan

2D Illustrations

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