Someday Stories

Series 6 (2022)

From an unprecedented total of 77 applications, we are thrilled to announce that we have four dramas and two documentary projects for Someday Stories Series 6. On the 17th January 2022, six films were commissioned by a panel including our Someday Stories team, and our screen partners; RNZ, Māori TV & PlayStuff.
Thank you to our funders for making this initiative possible; NZ On Air & Te Māngai Pāho The selected SS6 kaupapa and tīma are:


Writer/Director: Sam Goodey

Producer: Ashlyn Phillips.

A young boy who is impatient to celebrate and his tired babysitter stay up well past bedtime waiting for his long overdue parents to return home.


Faikava (documentary - working title)

Director: Joshua Teariki Baker

Producer: Maria Tanner

Kava ‘o Aotearoa, a collective of Pasifika cultural leaders, reactivates the ancient Tu’i Tonga kava ceremony for contemporary use in Aotearoa in a way that honours tangata whenua.

LARP: Heroes, Villains & Fantasy (documentary)

Director: Holli Lovesy

Producer: Paul Kennedy

Meet some of the people who use their imaginations to explore their identities and overcome physical, mental and social barriers in doing so.


Life In Silence

Writer/Director: Shelley Waddams

Producer: Georgia Hoskins-Smith

At a 1970s NZ school where sign language is banned, two deaf girls risk it all to experience true friendship.


Mary Mary

Writer/Director: Ella Gilbert

Producers: Ashleigh Roworth, Emma Mortimer (consulting)
1963, Aotearoa. An out of wedlock pregnancy forces eighteen year old Mary to take things into her own hands at great personal risk, altering the course of more than one life.


Writer/Director/Co-Producer: Kaitiaki Rodger

Producer: Kat Glass

A young Māori boy joins his rugged dad on his night shift recycling truck job, his dad spends the journey trying to impress upon him the importance of not losing his reo.