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The story so far

The beautiful and 
romantic film, ‘The Handkerchief’, was filmed in the fragrant Lady Norwood Rose Garden 
at Wellington’s Botanic Gardens in March 2013. We raised the funds to make the film via PledgeMe, Ecoya, Fragrance House, Tohu Wines and through generous personal donations.

Under the seasoned eye of Producer, Glenis Giles, the cast and crew were incredibly generous with their talent, time and energy and the shoot was short and sharp.

The film is complete thanks to editors Betsy Bauer and Jeff Hurrell at Martin Square. The final cut features the beautiful camera work of Cinematographers Renaud Maire and David Paul.

The sublime performances from Luke Hawker and Claire Van Beek are crucial in realising the magic of this film.

The visual world inside our hero’s head is conveyed by the creation of the visual effects, created digitally by Joel Floris and Tony St George at Polytronik and the 3-D models, fashioned by the team at Human Dynamo; Sue Dorrington and Rob Uivel.

Sound designer and composer; Jeremy Cullen has added the final layers, and design and advertising agency; Mission Hall have packaged the film and its world premiere will be at Newport Beach Festival 2014 as part of a short film line up titled Our Short Senses.


Kapiti writer and director reels in award

Kapiti womans film wins US award




The US Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about Best Shorts and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning a Best Shorts Award, One Car Films joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including The Weinstein Company for Market Hours, Disney Interactive for Vinlymation: A Love Story and Oscar winning production Mr. Hublot from Laurent Witz from Luxembourg.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of Best Shorts is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”


The Handkerchief screened at Rated SR New York’s Socially Relevant Film Festival, March 16 -22, in competition with others from around the world at the Tribeca Cinema on March 20th. Linda won the Best Screenplay Award at the same festival in 2014.







Screenings of The Handkerchief at NZIFF in Auckland and Wellington - paired with Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life.


Thursday 24 July, 1.45pm Rialto Newmarket

Friday 25 July, 6.15pm Rialto Newmarket

Tuesday 29 July, 11.15am Rialto Newmarket

Saturday 2 August, 1.15pm The Civic


Sunday 27 July, 3.15pm Penthouse Cinema

Monday 28 July, 6.15pm Penthouse Cinema

Thursday 7 August, 10.15am Embassy Theatre

Sunday 10 August, 3.45pm Roxy Cinema


Screening at The Triangle, Newport Beach Film Festival 26 April, 2014

Film Archive, October 3, 2013

Thanks again to all who supported ‘The Handkerchief’ to it’s long awaited debut on the big screen at the cast, crew and supporters screening!

“That was some film! I can honestly say I don't think I have seen a short film with so much invention and story line crammed into 13 minutes. I hope you are very proud and the film gets the exposure it deserves. We both really, genuinely loved it.”

Peter Farrell

“The film is absolutely gorgeous. Said from the heart. My husband Ian who is chary about giving praise was moved to tears, and kept murmuring to me 'Isn't it wonderful.' And I agreed with him.”

Fiona Kidman

“Belated thanks for the invite to The Handkerchief ... Really enjoyed it (which. Is unusual for me.)”

Dave Gibson

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LOGLINE: A blind man looking for love meets the woman of his dreams on a park bench in a rose garden. He charms her with his other very finely tuned senses.

The script won the Kaos Films British Short Screenplay Competition. Alan Parker and Kenneth Branagh were amongst the judges. 2,000 writers from around the world entered. Linda adapted it from her short story of the same name, which was published in the collection The Temperature of Water.


Geoff Ross, ECOYA Chairman “The association through the theme of the film was the reason we wanted to be involved - the sense of smell and fragranced candles is obviously the perfect fit . As our Master Perfumer Isaac Sinclair says “From birth to death, our entire lives have a sound track written in scent. One note of a half forgotten fragrance is enough to place us at a the heart of every moment we’ve ever lived”, and the relationship that forms between the central characters, Alistair and June, is a love story reflective of this.
“ECOYA are very proud to be supporting independent filmmakers in New Zealand and we wish Linda and the crew our best wishes with international film festivals.”