Christchurch woman film finalist

A young Christchurch film-maker is a finalist in a National Inspiring Stories competition for the second year in a row.

Greta Yeoman said she was “pretty stoked” to find out her film “A Potent Heroine” was a finalist in two sections –tertiary and social enterprise.

Yeoman’s film tells the story of Kiwi musician Kerry Coulshed’s song about change for women and this is being made into a music video in Afghanistan.

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However, the 18-year-old admitted the topic had been difficult to get her head around.  Christchurch musician Kerry Coulshed had written the song ‘A Beautiful Beast’ after reading a book about Afghanistan women entrepreneur Kamila Siqidi – who had set up an underground dress-making shop during the Taliban regime.  This song is now being made into a music video called ‘The Beautiful Beast Project”.

Yeoman said telling the story on film had been interesting as Sidikqi and film-maker Roya Sadat were in Afghanistan – so she interviewed and filmed through Skype.

Inspiring Stories Competition challenges up-and-coming film makers to produce a mini movie that reflects the theme of “young Kiwis making a difference”.

The Aorki Polytechnic media communication student said she had only tried her hand at filming in her final two years of media studies at secondary school.

She has now filmed and published several videos on her blog Streets of Colombo, including her recent film documentary about the music scene in Christchurch after the earthquakes.

Yeoman feels more comfortable behind the camera rather than in front of it but is unsure where her future lies.


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