We’re excited to be hosting a special Q&A screening of Hip-Hoperation at Rialto Cinemas!

Synopsis: Who said your grandmother couldn’t be a hip hop star? These senior citizens may each be almost a century young, but for Kara, (94) Maynie, (95) and Terri, (93) the journey to Las Vegas and the World Hip Hop Dance Championships is just the beginning of a life’s journey.

Rialto Cinemas and Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and present Film Talk: a chance to hear from the people who actually make the movies!

Film Talk at Rialto Cinemas is where film makers and film fans meet. After each screening members of the creative team will join a moderator from the Directors & Editors Guild to discuss their work. Come along and get up close to hear about the most interesting aspects of film making – directing, acting, producing and story telling.

When: 6pm, Thursday 25 September
Where: Rialto Cinemas
Moderated by Gabriel Reid

This is your opportunity to meet Paula Jones (Producer) and Peter Roberts (Editor) who will join you after the movie to answer your questions and talk about the film.

The Q&A will take place after the screening. We hope to see you all there!

Get your tickets here.

Last updated on 15 September 2014

NZ Actors DEGNZ Drinks

Last updated on 13 February 2018

We’ve had an awesome time at our last two Rehearsal Room sessions in Auckland and Wellington.

Joined by screen legend Ian Mune in Auckland and accomplished actor Peter Feeney in Wellington, actors and directors came together to workshop a number of fantastic scenes and hone their skills.

The Rehearsal Room brings together professional actors and directors – in a safe, supportive environment to PRACTISE working with each other on scenes. For each event 4 directors and 8 actors are randomly selected, and all members of the Directors & Editors Guild, Ngā Aho Whakaari and Actors Equity are welcome to attend as observers. Directors are asked to provide a two-character scene (2-4 pages) or, if you prefer, a scene will be provided for you. Directors and actors will receive scripts in advance. On the day, directors and actors spend time rehearsing their scenes, with emphasis on connection and content. After morning tea, participants block their scenes, before presenting them for shooting, followed by viewing and discussion.

We had some great feedback too:
“Best thing about The Rehearsal Room was being able to explore a scene in a safe space with other professionals.”
” A really great workshop- these should be run more frequently- it’s very valuable to get together to play, learn, and establish relationships.”
“I loved today. So much fun! Met some awesome people and hope to do another one soon. Thank you!”
“I really enjoyed getting to work with Ian Mune and hearing things from such an experienced professional.”
“I would definitely recommend!”
There are only three events left in 2014- and newly introduced is The Rehearsal Room in Christchurch with the fantastic David McPhail moderating!
Register your interest in participating here:


Last updated on 13 February 2018

Responding to the release of appalling international statistics, members of DEGNZ and WIFT gathered in Auckland on Monday night last week to talk about gender imbalance in the NZ screen industry.  Broadcaster Kim Hill moderated a lively discussion with panelists Gaylene Preston, Annie Goldson, Cushla Dillon and Jackie van Beek, who had varying views on how the situation had arisen and what could be done about it.

The statistics are not readily available for television but are clear for film: in New Zealand 17% of dramatic features, with NZFC investment, are directed by women.  Women are making fewer applications and are accessing a smaller proportion of public funding than is appropriate for their population.  There was a call at Monday’s event for positive discrimination to address this.

DEGNZ is now in discussions with NZFC and NZ On Air, to analyse the data available and look at useful ways to move the discussion forward.







Last updated on 23 April 2018