TODAY follows the passing of time for residents and workers of a South Auckland rest home and offers an intimate and evocative insight into a place many New Zealanders call home.
Prisca Bouchet and Nick Mayow’s first short documentary Le Taxidermiste was awarded Special Jury Award at the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival and is currently screening in festivals internationally including DOC NYC, Aesthetica and Big Sky Documentary Festival.
Prisca Bouchet – Co-producer/Co-director
A director and editor, Prisca’s editing credits include the international award-winning feature documentary There Once Was An Island (2010) and New Zealand feature documentaries Mental Notes (2011) and Pretty Brutal (2013).
Nick Mayow – Co-producer/Co-director
Nick Mayow is an editor and director who has worked across New Zealand television, film and independent documentary. The short drama Fog – which Nick wrote, was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.
Making Today was for both of us a moving and fascinating experience. Rest homes are places most people will have a connection with at some point in their lives and we both experienced it recently, having our grandparents move into homes. We felt as film-makers, rest homes are environments that speak volumes about the place of the elderly in our society and reflect how we live and age in New Zealand.
With Today we wanted to create a sensory film, one that immerses the audience in the experience of this environment and a film that reflects the truth of this environment in all its complexity.
As directors, being part of Loading Docs has given us an opportunity to challenge ourselves, at the same time learning about and participating in the bold, dynamic world of online storytelling.
Jean-François & Agnès Bouchet
Tony & Linda Mayow