by Peter Harris
A film about Waitati has reached the finals of a national film-making competition. Dunedin teenagers Naomi Ashby-Ryan and Ruby Harris created the short film Free Pile which has been chosen as one of the winners in the ‘Outlook for Someday’ national film competition. There were 153 entries.
While which of the 20 awards they have won is yet to be announced, Ruby Harris is excited to be in the finals for the second year. “Last year we made a film on the Warrington market and were thrilled to be flown to Auckland for the prize-giving. We never dreamed we would win again this year,” she says.
Free Pile is about Waitati’s old bus shelter where people leave unwanted clothes and others can just come and pick them up for free. Ruby says, “We liked the idea of highlighting how such a simple idea can offer a way to get rid of clutter for some, while offering others the excitement of rummaging through the pile and finding something that suits them.”
The competition has a sustainability theme and is open to film-makers under 24. The two teenagers are encouraging supporters to vote for their film in the ‘People's Choice’ category. The link to vote is
“We hope people enjoy our quirky little film and vote for it,” she says. “To win that category as well would be amazing.”