Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu | Short Drama
New Zealand | 2019 | 12 min

Sunday, October 27, 2019 | 10:30am
Shorts Program: Metamorphosis
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 10:15am
Shorts Program: Metamorphosis
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3 

In the wake of her mother leaving her family, a nine-year old girl and her father try to maintain an increasingly crumbling routine of everyday life. They both try to navigate their pain and confusion in their ways, eventually coming to a place where they might be able to accept their circumstances.


Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu is a writer and director who was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1984. Her father is Māori and her mother is ‘Pākehā’, the name for the first European settlers in New Zealand. In 2016, she participated in the Script to Screen mentorship programme and was one of the nine female Māori filmmakers to work on Waru, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was awarded Best Feature Film Script at the Script Writers Awards New Zealand. In 2018, she won the Māori Screen Excellence Award from the New Zealand Film Commission. Ani is her directing debut.