Filmmaker Jim Marbrook hopes Cap Bocage will “play a role in illustrating one part of the debate around primary industries”.
Report – By Daniel Drageset
Six years after starting his Cap Bocage documentary project in New Caledonia, New Zealand filmmaker Jim Marbrook will be ready to release the film mid-2014.
The documentary details an environmental dispute at a nickel mine on the eastern coast of Grand Terre, the main island of New Caledonia.
“The documentary is kind of a chronicle of that conflict,” Marbrook told Pacific Scoop in a recent interview.
“Of course underneath that there are some deeper themes about how miners and how people involved in exploiting minerals relate to local populations – specifically indigenous populations,” Marbrook said.
In 2007, the Pacific Media Centre awarded Marbrook with a $10,000 dollar grant to get his documentary underway. Since then, he has also received a considerable grant from Creative New Zealand.
In total, Marbrook visited New Caledonia eight times in 2008, 2010 and 2011 in the process of making the documentary that he estimated would be 70-80 minutes long.
In the Pacific Scoop interview, Marbrook also spoke about the differences of doing journalism in New Caledonia and New Zealand, the political future of New Caledonia, and how Cap Bocage related to his recent documentary, Mental Notes, which detailed the troubling history of New Zealand mental health care institutions.
Daniel Drageset is the Pacific Scoop internship editor.