We are really looking forward to our Canberra screenings of HOME BY CHRISTMAS at the National Film and Sound Archive in June. This is a real honour for us.
Thursday 14 June, 2PM & 7PM
Saturday 16 June, 7.30PM
Sunday 17 June, 4.30PM
Thursday 21 June, 2PM
Sunday 24 June, 4.30PM
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Congratulations to Chelsie Preston Crayford, star of HOME BY CHRISTMAS, for winning an Australian Logie Award for Outstanding New Talent. We are so proud of you!
Watch her acceptance speech here.
HOME BY CHRISTMAS is a finalist in a prestigious international competition, The History Makers Awards, to be held in New York on 27 January 2011. The Awards celebrate a selection of the strongest historical film and television story telling made last year from all over the world.
For more information visit the History Makers website.
Australian actor Tony Barry received a High Commendation from the International Jury of the 4th Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards for his performance in Gaylene Preston's award winning feature film, HOME BY CHRISTMAS.
70 countries submitted 239 films from all over the region. The winners were determined by an international Jury headed by Academy Award Winning Producer Lord David Puttnum. 239 films were entered in the competition and 2 were selected for High Commendation. This is Barry's second award for his outstanding performance as Preston's father in Home By Christmas having received Best Actor in a Feature Film at the 2010 NZ Qantas Screen Awards. Barry who was present at the Awards said "It was warm and wonderful to be in the company of an international fraternity of such high calibre and be singled out. I'm grateful to the Preston whanau for trusting me with this opportunity HOME BY CHRISTMAS is a film which obviously touches the hearts of many".
The tragic events of the last week have highlighted that special spirit of simplicity and fortitude that still shines forth from the West Coast community.
This is a special fundraiser to celebrate that spirit. I hope you can come. Pass it on.
Gaylene Preston invites you to a Benefit Screening of HOME BY CHRISTMAS
When: Tuesday 7th December 6.30pm
Where: Park Road Cinema
Park Road Post Productions, Miramar.
141 Park Road (by the California Garden Centre)
A convivial sip will be served beforehand from 6pm in the Park Road Post Cafeteria.
Recommended Contribution $50 per person.
Strictly RSVP as seats are limited email@example.com
Pay by direct credit bank account number 03 0515 0299902 000.
Cash or cheque only at the door. No credit card facilities.
Since I heard the tragic news last Friday, my thoughts have been with all Coasters as the community has dealt with an unthinkable situation. Greymouth Mayor Tony Kokshoorn, and his team have shown clear-headed, articulate, humble, and honest leadership during this most testing of times. The way the whole community around Greymouth have conducted themselves this week has reminded New Zealanders - particularly those living in the cities further North - of the deeply held values that lie at the heart of our culture, the power of helping one another, and that New Zealanders are in fact, one community.
So in the darkest of times Coasters, like their Canterbury compatriots are showing us something that the rest of us had almost forgotten.
My heartfelt condolences to all the family and friends of those who went to work last Friday and have not returned.
Don't forget to vote for HOME BY CHRISTMAS in the Visa Entertainment Screen Awards, nominations include Best NZ Film - HBC, Best NZ Director - Gaylene Preston, Best NZ Actor in a Film - Martin Henderson, Best NZ Actress in a Film - Chelsie Preston Crayford. ***VOTE NOW***Great Prizes
Read the speech given by Gaylene Preston for Remembrance Day 2010 at St Mathew-in-the-City, Auckland.
"War Stories. I don't know when I started collecting them. I was born in 1947 and I grew up in the shadow of another war...Read More
For the cuzzies...
Gaylene Preston in Leicester Square at the screening of HOME BY CHRISTMAS.
Gaylene Preston with Sandra Hebron, the Artistic Director of London Film Festival who introduced the director at its UK premiere screening in Leicester Square.
Chelsie Preston Crayford at the Balinale International Film Festival with James Waite and David Taylor from MFAT.
Gaylene Preston at the 54th BFI London Film Festival.
Check out this excellent review here of HOME BY CHRISTMAS, written after the screening at the 54th BFI London Film Festival.
*****HOME BY CHRISTMAS has been selected for the 4th Annual Balinale International Film Festival 2010
Wednesday 14 October, 16:30 at Galeria 21 Cineplex
For more information click here.
*****HOME BY CHRISTMAS has been selected for the World Cinema Section of the 54th BFI London Film Festival.
Programmer Michael Hayden "Combining documentary and narrative film-making techniques with skill and imagination, Gaylene Preston has created a boldly personal film that is both sincere and significant."
Read the rest here.
Gaylene was awarded a life time achievement award at the WIFT NZ 2010 awards for Outstanding Contribution to the NZ Screen Industry. Go to the WIFT website for more details.
Check out the TV3 News item here.
Inside Story's Sylvia Lawson reviews the Sydney Film Festival and praises HOME BY CHRISTMAS saying "Sometimes one hears people wondering wistfully why New Zealand films are often stronger than Australia’s. I leave the question open, while strongly commending Gaylene Preston’s excellent Home by Christmas. The main actor is, however, one of our boys; Tony Barry gives a wonderful performance as the director’s father."
HOME BY CHRISTMAS was voted third most popular feature film in the audience awards at Sydney Film Festival 2010. This is Preston's third time win in the popular vote at the Sydney Film Festival. RUBY&RATA was second most popular film in 1990.WAR STORIES Our Mothers Never Told Us was a double winner in 1995, being voted most popular feature film, and best documentary.
HOME BY CHRISTMAS has now made it to #15 on the New Zealand Box Office top grossing films of all time, having made over $1 million since its release in April 2010. Congratulations to whole team!
There are some great articles now online from the April 2010 issue of Onfilm:
Interview: Christmas present for the nation – Writer-director-producer Gaylene Preston talks about bringing her father's story to the big screen in the moving "film memoir" HOME BY CHRISTMAS.
Interview: A privilege to play – Tony Barry talks about the challenges and pleasures of embodying Ed Preston in HOME BY CHRISTMAS.
Interview: The DOP's p.o.v. – Cinematographer Alun Bollinger talks about his work on HOME BY CHRISTMAS.
Interview: Close to Home – Chelsie Preston Crayford on creating a character based on her grandmother Tui in HOME BY CHRISTMAS.
Following successful screenings at Cannes Cinephiles, HOME BY CHRISTMAS has now been selected for further international film festivals – the Sydney Film Festival and the Shanghai Film Festival.
Check out some lovely pics of Chelsie on the red carpet in Cannes here.
HOME BY CHRISTMAS is in Cannes screening as part of the Cinema des Antipodes section of Cannes Cinephiles running alongside and in partnership with the Cannes Film Festival.
Tony Barry talks about his role starring as Ed Preston and more in an interview for NZ On Screen: Screentalk – 'The quintessential Kiwi joker: Australian Tony Barry'.
"A polished product that's enjoy ably redolent of the era" – HOME BY CHRISTMAS is in The Listener again. Read the review 'Prisoners of War' by Helene Wong online.
Read the Womens Weekly article 'Girls on Film' written by Sebastian van der Zwan online – Gaylene Preston and Chelsie Preston Crayford talk about working together in HOME BY CHRISTMAS.
"When it comes to the reason why Chelsie won one of the lead parts in her mother's new movie Home by Christmas, the women are in agreement – she was the right actress for the role."
GeorgeFM's Uncle Barney was at the premiere – listen to him review the movie on the breakfast show here.
Chelsie Preston Crayford is interviewed by Fresh FM breakfast show host Matt Lawrey. Listen to the 20 minute interview via Wellington Access Radio 783AM here.
Director Gaylene Preston visits her hometown, Greymouth, for their premiere of HOME BY CHRISTMAS. Read the Greymouth Star article online 'Ida Street revisited – take 1' by Lisa Rangi.
Margaret Agnew from The Press interviews producer Gaylene Preston about HOME BY CHRISTMAS and her style of film-making – read the article online 'What did you do in the war, Dad?'
Read about HOME BY CHRISTMAS in the New Zealand Listener feature article 'My father's war' by Joanne Black.
HOME BY CHRISTMAS is released today!!!
The Nelson Mail features an article about HOME BY CHRISTMAS – Film captures 'a fast-disappearing tribe' by Alice Cowdrey – read it online.
Graeme Tuckett reviews HOME BY CHRISTMAS for Radio New Zealand's Nine to Noon with Kathryn Ryan. Listen to the review here.
Martin Henderson talks about his role as the young Ed Preston and more in an interview for NZ On Screen: Screentalk – 'Martin Henderson – Home from Hollywood'
'Double duty on Home by Christmas' – Tony Barry and Martin Henderson interviewed in an article in the TIME OUT Saturday, Auckland Herald, by Russell Baillie.
AUCKLAND PREMIERE – MORE TICKETS AVAILABLE!!!
Due to popular demand the Rialto Newmarket have opened up a third theatre so there are now more tickets available for tonight’s premiere screening. Get in quick!
WELLINGTON WORLD PREMIERE
The Wellington world premiere last night at the Embassy Theatre was a huge success. You can see the Dominion Post front page story about it online at stuff.co.nz and also watch clips on TVNZ and Close Up.
Martin Henderson Live on Radio NZ Eight months to Mars show, if you missed it listen here.
HOME BY CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS PREMIERES
We are excited to announce HOME BY CHRISTMAS charity premieres in Wellington, Auckland, Napier and Greymouth. Check out event details here.
WIN A DOUBLE PASS TO HOME BY CHRISTMAS
To be in the draw to win a double pass to Gaylene Preston’s latest film HOME BY CHRISTMAS simply tell us who plays the young Ed in the film. Email us your answer, name and postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 23rd April. One entry per person please.
Read about HOME BY CHRISTMAS in the Herald Canvas article White Lies and War by Peter Calder.
The Herald on Sunday features an interview with Chelsie Preston Crayford – download the article 'Riding the Wave' here.
"Chelsie Preston Crayford plays two desperate housewives, including her own grandmother."— Sarah Lang reports
HOME BY CHRISTMAS features in an article in the Dominion Post.
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HOME BY CHRISTMAS is up on Flicks.
HOME BY CHRISTMAS is now on IMDb.