It’s just been announced! The film that I’ve literally been hanging out to see for months, has finally been confirmed to screen at the World Cinema Showcase later this year!
In case you’re not aware, Picture Me is a documentary directed by model Sara Ziff and her boyfriend Ole Schell. It frankly documents the ups and downs of five years of her professional life as a model. Check out the trailer (below). It looks freakin’ amazing and incredibly interesting.
‘Sarah Ziff has been modelling since she was scouted in the street at 14. It was, she admits, a way to rebel against her academic background, and by the time she was 20 it had turned out to be an extremely well-paid alternative to college too. But the academic vantage point never quite deserted Ziff. She and her boyfriend, filmmaker Ole Schell, began shooting behind the scenes at Ziff’s shows. For five years, they recorded parties, castings, life on the road, and backstage finagling as she became the face of campaigns for Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, The Gap… What emerged is an impressively even-handed portrait of her exhilarating rise – and of the darker side of the fashion world’s rabid appetite for beautiful young women. “One of the best films about the world of modelling and an honest portrayal of an industry built on artifice.”’ — Louise France, The Observer
The dates of the festival have been announced, but not the actual screening times (yet). The Auckland showcase dates are March 25 – April 14 (the other dates are here) so keep your calendar free! There are heaps of other great movies coming to the showcase too, see here for the list.