Many have also expressed frustration at a lack of consultation on the film. International reports said They Are Us had been developed in consultation with the mosques affected by the attacks; the film’s New Zealand producer, Philippa Campbell, told Stuff she couldn’t give any detail on the consultation “out of respect for the people with whom we’ve consulted”.
Considering almost everyone involved has said they do not know anyone who was consulted, one has to take the claim of consultation with a grain of salt.
NIYA is also calling on the prime minister to “strongly denounce the film and make it clear that the New Zealand Government will not provide any support to enable it to go ahead”.
Ardern saidon Friday that her office had had no involvement with the film, with Campbell confirming she had not been consulted.
But the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) said it understood the production “does intend to apply for the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG)”.
So that will be $6 million of taxpayer money which will go on the Divus Jacinda film.