14 September 2015

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ), NZ On Air and Screentime New Zealand Limited are pleased to announce the first attachment through DEGNZ’s TV Drama Director Attachment Scheme.

Matthew Saville will attach to director Ric Pellizzeri on Screentime’s telefeature Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior for TV One, which will begin production in October.

The DEGNZ TV Drama Director Attachment Scheme is an industry professional development initiative funded by NZ On Air and the production company involved and managed by DEGNZ. It will see three emerging directors attached to New Zealand drama productions in the 2015/2016 year.

“It’s a great opportunity to observe a director at work on a major drama production and learn,” said Saville. “I’m excited by the opportunity and the project, and thanks to DEGNZ, NZ On Air and Screentime for making it happen.”

“We’re delighted to have Matthew on the production team. We believe he will be a great asset and hope we can provide experiences for him that will enrich his skill base,” said Screentime’s Managing Director Philly de Lacey.

”As the funding agency for television  we have a significant vested interest in ensuring great talent is coming through the ranks; it will determine the quality of the projects we may fund in the future. We are really keen to see Matthew’s progress through this attachment,” said Jane Wrightson, Chief Executive of NZ On Air.

Saville is an experienced actor and screenwriter who has directed two highly successful short films. His first, Hitch Hike, premiered at the internationally recognized Tampere International Film Festival in 2012. Dive, Saville’s second short, was long listed for the Academy Awards for winning best short film and best screenplay at New Zealand’s Show Me Shorts Film Festival, and selected for the prestigious Telluride International Film Festival amongst others.

Initiated by DEGNZ, the Drama Director Attachment scheme is intended to give emerging drama directors the opportunity to shadow an experienced director through the pre-production, production and post-production process as a means to improve their craft skills. The ultimate outcome is to increase the talent pool of drama directors available to domestic and international productions in New Zealand.

This scheme follows on from DEGNZ’s recent AVED Director Attachment initiative, which was funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and Ash vs. Evil Dead Limited. It saw New Zealand directors Regan Hall, Roseanne Liang, Louise Leitch, Joe Lonie and Rene Naufahu attach to the Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert Ash vs. Evil Dead TV series, shot in Auckland and now in post production.


For further information, please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu

Executive Director

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ


Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents Directors and Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors and Editors of feature drama and documentary; television drama, documentary and factual programmes; short films; video art; animation; commercials and web content.

DEGNZ’s two primary roles are advocacy and professional development. We:

  • are dedicated to promoting excellence in the arts of directing and editing.
  • foster collegiality and unity within the screen industry.
  • promote members’ creative and economic rights.
  • work to improve industry working conditions and remuneration.
  • offer professional advice and information on contracts and industry standards and practice.
  • offer professional development events, networking opportunities, career advice, dispute resolution, mentoring, workshops, training, discounts and regular news bulletins for members across all levels of expertise, from novices to seasoned professionals.
  • are a voice for Directors and Editors in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of the pan‐industry group SINZ (Screen Industry New Zealand), and by making submissions to government and public officials.
  • Internationally work co-operatively with other guilds and we belong to the International Affiliation of English‐Speaking Directors’ Organisations (IEASDO).

DEGNZ is Auckland-based with an office in Grey Lynn.

Contact Details:

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

Level 2, 66 Surrey Crescent

Grey Lynn

P.O. Box 47-294, Ponsonby




Screentime NZ Limited

Screentime NZ Ltd is one of New Zealand’s premier producers of blue chip drama and documentary content. It is known for specialising in true life and true crime storyies. The company has been in business since 1996, and is part of the International Banijay Group.

Last updated on 10 April 2018

Join us tomorrow Tuesday September 8th in conversation with internationally acclaimed director Paul Haggis, the director behind the Oscar winning film of 2004, Crash. 

Paul is also an accomplished writer, with a number of credits including Crash, Quantum of Solace and Million Dollar Baby to his name.

Be at Horse & Trap, 3 Enfield St Mt Eden, from 6 – 7pm. 

DEGNZ members only. RSVPs essential – please email samantha@degnz. Cash bar. 



Last updated on 12 March 2018

This week’s piece is written by Samantha Caughey, DEGNZ’s Marketing & Events Coordinator, while Tui is overseas.

Have you ever watched a film that’s changed your life? Altered your perception of an issue, or spurred you to do something you’d never considered before?
Most people can pinpoint at least one film that’s had some kind of lasting impact on them.
And yet with a never-ending stream of glittery blockbuster flicks and Hollywood remakes, this can be easy to forget. We become convinced that film’s all about the bang and the buck, the spectacle, the beautiful faces and action that gets bums on seats – and sells popcorn to boot.
But what about film’s heart, its power to do incredible good and create change?
There’s no shortage of moving films out there – often you just have to look past summer’s latest hits to find them.
India’s Daughter is one such film. In August, DEGNZ had the pleasure of teaming up with Script to Screen and welcoming Leslee Udwin, director and producer of documentary feature India’s Daughter, to New Zealand.
The way Leslee speaks about her life and career is captivating and she is a true inspiration. In Auckland, I heard her explain how she, from a young age, has had a strong sense of injustice – something which her film and television projects have come to reflect.
Before India’s Daughter, Leslee began acting and then progressed to producing some poignant films including East Is East and West Is West. India’s Daughter, a film that explores the brutal gang-rape of medical student Jyoti Singh and the subsequent protests, was the first film she ever directed and it has since resounded across the world. The film certainly does shock, featuring interviews with some of the unremorseful rapists in prison, their lawyers and families as well as Jyoti’s family.
The reaction to the film has been intense. Celebrities including Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep and Alan Rickman lauded the film, while India took the polarising step of banning it.
Since making the film, Leslee has gone on to campaign not just for the women of India, but women around the world. She explained at one of our events how making the film gave her such an insight into the issue of gender inequality, and indeed inequality overall, that she was able to come up with some solutions. Now, she is working with the United Nations Human Rights Council and other international organisations to implement Equality Studies in the curriculum for primary school children around the world. A number of countries have already come on board with the programme, which is to be rolled out in the next few years.
And what did all this start with? An issue, a story – a film. It all began when Leslee saw this case on the news and decided it was a story that needed to be told through this medium. Since then, the documentary has taken on a life of its own, spreading across the world shocking people, and more importantly, inspiring them to take up the mantle and contribute to making a change.
Never forget about the power of film to change lives. It’s such an engaging medium, and you, the film-maker, have it at your fingertips. What is it that you want to say, what kind of impact do you want to have? As India’s Daughter has demonstrated, your voice can echo around the world and create change.

Samantha Caughey
Marketing & Events Coordinator

Last updated on 12 March 2018

Save the date!

Come along and socialise with the music makers at our next Networking Drinks. We provide the nibbles, you provide the great conversation! Cash bar.

Wellington, Tuesday 22 September
Auckland, Wenesday 23 September
6 – 8pm

Wellington, The Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith St, Te Aro
Auckland, The Long Room, 114 Ponsonby Rd

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Last updated on 12 March 2018