"I think the best thing you could do anywhere as an aspiring filmmaker is pull together whatever resources you can and make something outside the system"
- FLMTQ interview with James Napier Robertson
The life of Māori speed chess prodigy Genesis Potini, who suffered from severe bipolar disorder, is the basis of New Zealand filmmaker James Napier Robertson's second feature: The Dark Horse. After premiering at Toronto and Rotterdam, and winning six New Zealand Film Awards, The Dark Horse receives its stateside theatrical release this week at the Angelika.
On the eve of its New York premiere, Filmatique conducted an exclusive interview with James Napier Robertson wherein the filmmaker discusses collaborating with the Māori community, creative versus funding challenges, the NZ film industry, fatherhood and his next film.