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Film Construction director Harriet Maire’s debut short film Anna is to screen for the first time on the Rialto channel this Saturday night.

Maire is a commercials director – Anna was her graduation film at AUT, and has since gone on to win awards and screen at film festivals worldwide.

“It showcases Harriett’s fantastic directorial skills, and her instinct for subtle yet powerful filmmaking,” said Film Construction director Perry Bradley.

“It is an impressive performance piece, and it heralds the arrival of a major film talent.”

The story follows the actions and interactions of a young woman on the autism spectrum, and what happens when her routine is unexpectedly interrupted. It features a moving central performance by young actor Geneva Norman.

“Harriett and Geneva worked hard to ensure the creation of a sympathetic and engaging character,” Bradley said. “Ensuring an authentic representation was integral to the film process.”

Fiona Samuel said: “This film is a little beauty – sensitive, honest & fresh. You enter the mind space and feel the feelings. There is empathy, hope and so much promise here.”

Miranda Harcourt said: “Anna is a beautifully realised story. I am delighted to see this complex and generous-hearted portrait of someone on the edge of society’s norms.

Judge for yourself when Anna screens on Sky’s Rialto channel at 8:15pm, Saturday 28 October.

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