ShmeatShmeat is an animated short film, funded by the New Zealand Film Commission in 2015. You can watch it here on NZ On Screen.
This animated short is set in "not so distant future" Aotearoa, where a plague has devastated livestock farming. The morbid nursery rhyme, narrated by Geraldine Brophy, tells of a scientist who creates a "different kind of meat from the resources still here".
It was picked for the 'New Zealand’s Best' section of the 2016 NZ International Film Festival, by a team that included director Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors). It also screened at Spain's Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, and won Best Animated Short at Sydney festival A Night of Horror.
"Excellent production values encompassing a timely global story. Very Tim Burton-esque, but thoroughly entertaining and humorous."
- Lee Tamahori (Director: Once Were Warriors, Mahana)
CreditsFunding: New Zealand Film Commission
Director/Writer/Illustrator: Mata Freshwater
Producer: Thomas Coppell
Animation: Chris Callus
Editing: Chris Callus
Compositing: Chris Callus
Sound Design: Tane Upjohn-Beatson
Music: Ewan Clark
Festivals- Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia
- A Night of Horror International Film Festival, Sydney - Winner: Best Animated Short Film
- AUDI Dublin International Film Festival, Dublin
- Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK
- Leuvan International Short Film Festival, Belgium
- Tacoma Film Festival, USA
- NZ's Best, New Zealand International Film Festival
-Cyprus International Film Festival, Greece
- Show Me Shorts Film Festival, NZ
- Burbank International Film Festival, USA
- MidWest WeirdFest, USA
- IndieFest, USA
- Down Under Berlin, Shorts: Late Night Special