The Vintner's Luck Strikes a Balance
Friday, 4 December 2009, 4:04 pm Press Release: Dalai Lama Visit Trust NZ Media Release For immediate release Thursday 3 December, 2009 The Vintner's Luck Strikes a Balance on Saturday 5 December @ 6pm – Rialto Cinema, Newmarket, Auckland The latest film from acclaimed New Zealand director Niki Caro , The Vintner's Luck is a story about ...
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#1 Dec 4, 2009
The New Zealand Dalai Lama Trust denied to Director,Producer and Actress Anna Wilding that it invited Niki Caros film Vintners Luck to screen as part of His Holinesss official scheduled tour on 5th December 2009. According to press release issued today by the Vintner's Luck team,Vintner's Luck claims to have been invited by New Zealand Dalai Lama Trust.The Press release also intonates that the screening is part of the Dalai Lamas official visit to New Zealand however this has been firmly denied by the New Zealand Dalai Lama Trust.
Director and Producer of the award winning film Buddha Wild Monk in a Hut, Anna Wilding,who met the Dalai Lama recently, is concerned that Niki Caro,Rialto cinemas are sadly using the Dalai Lamas visit as a marketing ploy to help sell their film Vintners Luck . Anna Wilding pointed out that if ever a NZ film with Buddhist themes was added to any New Zealand Official tour it would make sense that it was the smaller art house and internationally award winning film Buddha Wild www.buddhawild.com , which was partially shot in the South Island ,that qualified to the Oscars,and has played at major art house cinemas in USA and major Buddhist inistutions and film festivals worldwide.
Ms Wilding stated "I have just got off the phone with the Secretary of the Dalai Lama Trust in NZ and they deny inviting the film Vintners Luck,or the fact the Dalai Lama or the NZ Dalai Lama Trust is associated with the press release that Niki Caro and Rialto have put out for their event." http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0912/S00058.... . Miss Wilding,who was invited to speak on the theme of ethics at Cannes Film Festival 2007and World Earth Week in New York 2007, said she was offended by breach of ethics from both a Buddhist and Industry standpoint and on behalf of all the monks and Buddhist commmunity in New Zealand who participated and worked so hard in Buddha Wild.Buddha Wild has been called a 'beautiful film 'by Moving Pictures Magazine and "A Must see Film '.It is currently ranking number 9 in the most watched films section of Indias largest online film festival Culture Unplugged,an event set up in India by Lord of the Rings Producer Barry Osbourne.Ms Wilding enjoyed meeting the Dalai Lama on his recent Sydney tour.
#2 Dec 8, 2009
Saturday Dec 5th, 2009
Director Niki Caro was invited by The Dalai Lama Trust Visit New Zealand to give thanks to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama after his public address at the Vector Arena in Auckland.
Director Niki Caro and screenwriter Joan Scheckel were honored to meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Auckland. Niki and Joan worked together on Whale Rider as well as The Vintners Luck. Both women share a deep commitment to bringing humanitarian issues to screen.
Women have a special capacity to lead us to a more peaceful world with compassion, affection and kindness. And there is no more important time for that than this moment.
-His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
#3 Dec 8, 2009
Panel with Joan, Niki and Rinpoche to discuss The Vintners Luck
December 7, 2009 by thevintnersluck | Edit
Saturday December 5, 2009
After the screening of The Vintners Luck, Joan, Niki and Rinpoche opened up the discussion to the audience about the themes of the movie.
Podcast of the Event available for listening here:
#4 Dec 8, 2009
We should note that Vinters Luck and Niki Caro have dramitically changed their original offensive press release three days after it was released,after concerns were voiced.This may appear good on the one hadn,but unethical,dishonest on the other as they knew it was part of an ongoing media story.The Dalai Lama was also unethical in this their response has been unethical to say the least.Instead of resolving the matter fairly the Dalai Lama and the LDai Lam trust chose to do ti at the expense of others when they had plenty of opportunity to choose an ethical path..Others did witness the change to the release as well and the Dalai Lamas actions send out a clear message" to those who wintssed the shenanigans."It is ok to lie and be unehtical,as you will be rewarded for that" SAupport for the DaLi Lama is hereby withdrawn.The film Vinters Luck,which is a directly non buddhist film,and has been getting bad reviews and struggling in sales worldwide, continues to use Buddhism to market its film. There are several non Buddhist films with Buddhist themes, Last Samurai etc but even these movies didnt stoop so low to exploit Budhdsim to market them or the Dalai Lama's vist.Again the initial press release press was dramitically changed by Caro and Her team,after release.It has made the site Voxy and Scoop NZ both book unethical for allowing the changes
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