Murder in the Pacific to screen on TV3 on September 11 - 30-Aug-2008 Murder in the Pacific, the broadcast version of Annie Goldson's award-winning feature An Island Calling, will be screening on TV3 on September 11th.
Murder in the Pacific explores a double gay murder in Suva, Fiji in 2001 – Fiji Red Cross Director-General John Scott and his partner Greg Scrivener were murdered in the name of God by a young indigenous man. Based in part on a book Deep Beyond the Reef by John’s brother Owen Scott, Murder in the Pacific tells a postcolonial tale of a country deeply divided along tribal, class and ethnic lines.
The press has been very positive:
"Eye-opening mix of personal reflection and political analysis is rich in rare archival footage." – Richard Kuipers, Variety
“As always, Annie Goldson’s clear, calm story telling is structured for revelation without sensation. The camera…captures the beauty and the personality behind the faces we see.” -- Helene Wong, The Listener.
”Powerful” – Donna Chisholm, The Sunday Star-Times
“Another excellent piece of work from the director – Goldson’s brave, smart film is by turns angry and poignant” – Peter Calder, Weekend Herald.
The film won the South Pacific Pictures Award for Achievement in Film at the Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Awards, and is a finalist in the Qantas Film and Television Awards for Best Documentary, Achievement in Directing and Achievement in Camerawork. It has shown at a number of film festivals, including Hotdocs in Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne. It is now signed with New York distributor, Icarus Films.
“I really appreciate the support given to me by TV3 and NZOA in supporting Murder in the Pacific, as it allowed me to look at a complex set of issues in a near neighbour of ours, Fiji,” says Goldson. “Although it is a regional story I has universal elements as it seems to have reached people the world over.”