We are delighted to publish the second submission as part of our rolling volume, 14.1. Becky Nunes’ An Age of Iron is an experimental short film which explores the impact of New Zealand Steel’s mineral extraction on an indigenous tribe in Tahāro, a tiny settlement to the South-West of the Kawhia harbor, in the North Island of Aotearoa-New Zealand. The film and statement chart the uncomfortable (and ongoing) journey as a filmmaker, attempting to document the effects of colonising and extractive forces on the land, whilst struggling with the ethical implications of photo-filmic representation, questions of authorship and ownership of the narratives that emerge from this prolonged mineral extraction. With the re-introduction of titanomagnetite into the global manufacturing chain, Nunes asks what this might mean for the mauri (or spirit) of the land, and whether an environmental and indigenous alliance can be enacted through an experimental lens-based practice?
Phoebe Hart’s video essay, Medical Mysteries & Freaky Fables critiques screen-based representations of intersex people; individuals who have reproductive organs at variance with the genetic and/or hormonal sex, who comprise almost 2% of the human population. The essay takes scenes from various television series and proposes a challenge to filmmakers and writers to transcend representations of people with intersex variations beyond mere voyeurism or abjection.
This volume of Screenworks is a rolling publication. Each rolling volume runs from September to July, with the editorial team taking a well-deserved break in August. To submit work please read our Submissions Guidelines and use our Online Submission Form. If you are interested in submitting your practice and want further advice, then please contact us on [email protected] with “Submissions” in the subject line.
Author: Becky Nunes
Duration: 7′ 57”
Published: December 2023
An experimental video exploring the filmmaker’s ongoing journey to document the impact of colonisation and extractive forces in New Zealand, whilst grappling with ethical questions addressing issues of authorship and narrative ownership…