Appetite - Short
director | producer
Creation myth meets contemporary consumption in a downtown sushi bar. 16 minutes, 2010
From the chopping board of a bustling sushi restaurant comes a tale inspired by Te Ika a Maui (a Maori creation myth of New Zealand). The setting is Wellington, New Zealand, in 2010. A 9-year-old girl weaves two parallel stories into one with her narration.
‘Once, deep beneath the ocean and long ago, there lived a gigantic fish. It lived with instinct and freedom until one day a man came …’
In a sushi restaurant, three cousins meet after the death of their grandfather. Their conversation moves from love to inheritance – and the mood darkens.
Hauled out of the sea, the fish lies on the surface, gasping. The worlds of fantasy and reality merge as a forested landscape grows from its belly, creating the country we live upon. The fish is gutted, cut up, and turned into sushi.
Told in stop-motion animation and live action, Appetite explores our blindness to the earth as a living being and our increasing disconnection from one another. It’s a film that questions our choices in relation to each other and the land we are part of.
CAST James Ashcroft, Kristyl Neho, Sophie Roberts
DIRECTOR Alyx Duncan
DESIGNER Ian Hammond
ANIMATION Ian Hammond, Alyx Duncan, Paul Wedel, Robin Kerr, Adam Donald.
CINEMATOGRAPHER Aline Tran
PRODUCTION MANAGER Hannah Goldblatt
EDITOR Paul Wedel
1ST AD David White
MUSIC COMPOSITION Brigid Bisley, Tak Yamada
SOUND DESIGN Jeffrey Holdaway
COMPOSITING Park Road Post
MENTORS Christian Penny, Teina Moetara