James & Isey: Delightful trailer released for new Kiwi documentary

A trailer has been released for a New Zealand documentary about two colourful characters the filmmaker says "are the treasures the world needs right now".

James & Isey follows treasured kuia Isey Cross as she approaches her 100th birthday and her special relationship with her son James.

The film's publicity team says it "subtly explores the history of Aotearoa through the lens of [Isey's] lifetime, a centenary milestone which has been achieved through James' unconditional love and Isey's wicked sense of adventure and unstoppable spirit". 

It's the latest film from Florian Habicht, the documentarian whose previous works include Kaikohe Demolition and Pulp: a Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets.

The trailer includes comments from a few famous people who have watched the movie early.

"I loved your film!" said Taika Waititi.

"A truly alternative (& uplifting) history of the 20th century," said Jarvis Cocker.

Habicht describes the James and Isey as "natural movie stars" who "love to sing".

"Rich with life, their unique world is crafted from a spiritual relationship with the everyday mixed with the art of dreaming and a great appreciation for what they have," he says. 

"Delightful ironies shape these cult personalities like their amazing sense of style, '80s outfits and their Knight Rider-inspired car Black X. As we join their journey, they bring laughter and love into our lives."

James & Isey will have a world premiere at Auckland's Civic Theatre on April 3, with a pōwhiri that ticketholders are welcome to attend, before it opens in cinemas around New Zealand in May.

The premiere is taking place on Isey's 102nd birthday.