New Zealand, 93mins, dir. Bryn Evans
An engagingly fluffy and deeply charming documentary that is packed with moments to smile at, Bryn Evans’ Hip Hop-operation captures a group of elderly New Zealanders who embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they set their sights on competing in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas. Whether it’s long lost love affairs or anti-nuke protests, each of these men and women (ranging in age from 65 to 94) are revealed to be characters in their own right. Under the fierce guidance of their teacher and coach Billie Jordan, the group comes together, popping and locking in preparation for their Las Vegas premiere. “You’re all going… even if it’s in an urn,” says Jordan. But as the competition heats up and the dancers take to the stage, something entirely unexpected happens…
From searing reportage of some of the world’s conflict zones to artistic odysseys; from personal journeys to a few over’s of cricket with the Taliban, New Zealand based Bryn Evans is a documentary producer and director with a passion for exposing the political, social and historical contexts of the world. In 2008 Bryn made his first feature length documentary ‘From Street To Sky’, an intimate profile of Tigilau Ness and the father-son relationship of one of New Zealand’s top hip hop stars, Che Fu. It screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival (2008), Tahitian (FIFO) International Documentary Festival (2008), Hawaiian Pacific Film Festival (2009) and the Milano Film Festival (2008). ‘Hip Hoperation’ is his second feature film.
This screening includes food and drink.
Director Bryn Evans will be joining us for a Q&A after the film!