Stellar win for Brettkelly
Auckland documentary-maker Pietra Brettkelly has won Best Documentary Award for Art Star and the Sudanese Twins at the 2008 Whistler Film Festival. The jury was quoted as saying, “This is a film that makes all documentary filmmakers envious because everything you could ever want to happen in front of the camera did. Real life and tragedy collides with the passion of art before our eyes.” Art Star, for its New York premiere, has also been selected by MoMA to screen at the Documentary Fortnight – an annual event of non-fiction film and video screenings – in February 2009. Art Star was the first New Zealand-made documentary to win a place at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Brettkelly, along with New Zealanders Justin Pemberton and Megan Jones, heads The TV Set, an independent documentary production company set up in 2000.