september, 2019

201927sep3:30 pmFalling UpChelsie Preston Crayford | NZ | 2018 | Drama | 13 min | English | European Premiere3:30 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:DramaPremiere Status:European

Film Info

Suffering the relentless pain of rejection, a young mother finds power in letting go.

Falling Up unravels the exhaustion, grief and heartache of relationship breakdown while revealing the mundane joy, the unending love and the quiet triumph of young motherhood.

Part of the short film program “Kiwi Shorts – Take 1” on Friday, 27 September 2019, at 3:30pm. 


Written just months after her own break up, and shot by her former partner, Chelsie Preston Crayford presents this searingly intimate portrait of motherhood in difficult times. Featuring herself and her daughter Olive Marama, the film explores the pain of recent separation and the poetry to be found in life itself.

Acclaimed NZ actress, writer and director Chelsie Preston Crayford is the daughter of famous NZ filmmaker Gaylene Preston and has won numerous international awards including a TV Week Logie for her portrayal of notorious Kings Cross madam Tilly Devine in Underbelly: Razor, and a prestigious AACTA Award for her work in ABC’s worldwide hit The Code. As an actor she has worked with many of Australia and NZ’s most celebrated directors including Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, Jackie Van Beek, Shawn Seet, Mark Joffe, Robert Sarkies, and Gaylene Preston.

Cast: Chelsie Preston Crayford, Olive Crayford Edwards, Anton Tenet

Festivals & Awards

New Zealand International Film Festival – Madman Jury prize for Best Short Film

POW Film Fest

Sydney Film Festival

Wairoa Māori Film Festival

New Zealand Cinematographers Society – Silver Award for Ray Edwards

Film Stills & Trailer