Screenlink: Cutting it as a Commercials Director

Come join us for networking drinks at Screenlink on October 10, hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with New Zealand Advertising Producers Group and Ngā Aho Whakaari.

Director Robin Walters will share on his career in commercials, spanning over 25 years in New Zealand and abroad, and reflect on the changing nature of the industry

Robin has been providing his unique approach to commercials for over a decade, having worked with brands including Ebay, NZTA, Hyundai, Nibble, McDonald’s and Spark. He joined Black Stump Films and later Curious and Robber’s Dog. Earlier this year, Robin started TUTU FILMS with wife Sam.

Known for both comedy and drama, Robins’ work has been commended throughout the industry as some of the most honest and funniest to come out of Australasia in recent years.

WHEN  Wed 10 October, 6 – 8PM. Talk kicks off at 6:30PM.
WHERE  Longroom (Short Rm), 114 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland

Cash Bar // Nibbles provided

DEGNZ, NZAPG & NAW members – Free
Non-members – $5 koha appreciated

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Celebrating Women

Womens’ roles in New Zealand society have come a long way. We were the first to give women the vote, we’ve had three female prime ministers and finally the Black Ferns have gotten professional contracts.

However, in many industries women do not receive equal pay (including the Black Ferns). There are few women sitting in governance positions in the New Zealand business world, and as we learned at the Sexual Harassment Workshop recently, the statistics on violence against women is horrific.

But in this week’s column I would like to help celebrate 125 years of women’s suffrage, by highlighting some successes in and around our industry.

Before I do, though, I want to first acknowledge the country’s most well-known suffragette Kate Sheppard and some of her colleagues, including Margaret Bullock, Meri Mangakāhia, Ākenehi Tōmoana, Anna Stout, Elizabeth Yates and Polly Plum. To honour our past, NZ On Screen has released their Pioneering Women collection that celebrates women and feminism in New Zealand.

I know that the statistics for women directors in NZ are still poor, and we are addressing this, but female directors have made great contributions to New Zealand film and television, from Ramai Heyward to Jane Campion, long-time Guild supporter Gaylene Preston to the achievements of Niki Caro.

As in suffrage there are other less well-known women who have made their mark in the screen industry. I would firstly like to acknowledge those who have contributed to the Guild (DEGNZ and its predecessor SDGNZ) as board members. Apologies if I have missed you out, but our records are incomplete. If you are not included here but should be, please let me know so that I can update our files:

Kristina Anderson

Kezia Barnett

Pietra Brettkelly

Annie Collins

Anna Cottrell

Alyx Duncan

Annie Goldson

Shirley Horrocks

Janette Howe

Louise Leitch

Roseanne Liang

Zoe McIntosh

Briar March

Kirstin Marcon

Fiona Millborn

Diane Musgrave

Aileen O’Sullivan

Leanne Pooley

Rather than go into a screed of copy about other New Zealand women who have stood out or are standing out in and around the screen industry, I am providing links to articles that are available now online. You can learn about some of the wonderful NZ women whose contributions we can all acknowledge:

I’d also like to point to a number of those who have a big influence in the screen industry and show that women are sitting at many of our top tables:

Kathleen Anderson, Head of Scripted, TVNZ

Christina Asher, Chairperson, NAW

Rachel Antony, CEO, Greenstone

Cass Avery, Chairperson, S2S

Melissa Ansell-Bridges, Industrial Organiser, Equity NZ

Karen Baleski, Head of Entertainment Content, SKY

Esther Cahill-Chiaroni, ED, S2S

Jude Callen, TV Commissioner, TVNZ

Sandy Gildea, ED, SPADA

Philly de Lacey, CEO, Screentime

Ruth Harley, Chairperson, NZ On Air

Frances Morton, Head of Content, Vice

Annie Murray, Senior Commissioner, SKY and Prime TV

 

Kelly Martin, CEO, SPP

Juliet Peterson, General Manager Digital Content, TVNZ

Kerry Prendergast, Chair, NZFC

Cate Slater, Content Director, TVNZ

Alice Shearman, ED, NZWG

Annabelle Sheehan, CEO, NZFC

Karla Rogers, ED, SIGANZ

Erina Tamepo, ED, NAW

Patricia Watson, ED, WIFT

Jennifer Ward Lealand, President, Equity NZ

Sue Woodfield, Head of Commissioning and External Production, Mediaworks

Kathy Wright, Head of Digital Creation, SKY

Jane Wrightson, CEO, NZ On Air

This past week has been a celebration of women’s achievements, including the Women of Influence Awards where actor and acting coach Miranda Harcourt took out the award for Woman of Influence Arts and Culture.

But perhaps the last words can be left to Dame Patsy Reddy, former chairperson of NZFC and now the Governor General. In a NZ Herald article earlier this year, she emphasised that while women had made many gains, there is still a long way to go.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director

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Stray Director Dustin Feneley to Share at Rialto Film Talk

Film Talk at Rialto Cinemas is where filmmakers and film fans meet. After each Film Talk screening, members of the creative team will join a moderator from the Directors & Editors Guild to discuss their work.

On October 3, Film Talk will screen Stray, finishing with an audience Q&A with director Dustin Feneley.

Stray is Feneley’s much-anticipated first feature and is editor Dione Chard’s first full-length film. Both are members of DEGNZ.

Come along if you missed the film at the New Zealand International Film Festival and to hear about the making of the film.

STRAY

Stray film poster

In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts. A young man is on parole after serving time for attempting to murder the man who killed his girlfriend in a hit and run. A woman is released from a psychiatric facility far from her homeland. These two damaged strangers cross paths in the mountains in winter and fall into a complex intimate relationship, putting to the test their capacity to trust and heal.

When: Wed 3 October 2018, 6pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Cost: $12 for film industry members – Book Tickets

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Taking Action

On Wednesday evening, together with Ngā Aho Whakaari and the New Zealand Writers Guild, we had a two-hour workshop with Debbi Tohill, Executive Director of RPE (Rape Prevention Education) on Sexual Harassment and Disclosure.

This session had been run recently by Women In Film & Television but we felt it worthwhile to support another, considering the existing gender inequality issues of our time and the massive impact of #MeToo on our industry at large. The paradigm has shifted, and things will never be the same—nor should they be.

It’s essential, particularly for men at all levels of our industry, to examine what has brought us to where we are now and what we can individually do to aid and assist positive change.

DEGNZ already has a sub-committee in place to examine gender issues, discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying. It is made up of board members and directors Louise Leitch, Roseanne Liang and Michael Duignan.

The sub-committee has been engaging with the other guilds, the Screen Women’s Action Group (SWAG), and looking internationally to other screen industry bodies to assess what work is being done and what we can do to ensure equality and appropriate behaviour.

On the equality front, our Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator is a proactive step on our part with the support of NZFC and Vista Foundation to drive more female directors into sustainable careers. Eighteen talented women have been developed through this scheme so far.

Our TV Drama Director Attachment initiative, supported by NZ On Air, has already seen five of seven attachments go to women (one yet to be publicly announced). Two of those women have gone into full time work directing TV drama. We have also assisted other emerging female filmmakers into opportunities designed to further enhance their drama directing capability. There is still more for us to do here.

Education is a key tool the guild can employ in order to help confront discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying. The session with Debbi Tohill is the first of our efforts in this arena. We will be supporting initiatives with other screen industry bodies and doing our own work to transform attitudes and behaviours that are inappropriate to both women and men in the workplace.

I’d like to leave you with some statistics on sexual violence and sexual harassment that Debbi provided us:

  • There are an estimated 208,000 sexual violence offences committed against adults each year.
  • One in five female secondary students say they have had unwanted sexual contact from another person. For male secondary students, it’s one in twenty.
  • In reported sexual violence incidents, 95% of the victims are women.
  • In reported sexual violence incidents, 99% of the perpetrators were men.

On our website here you can find DEGNZ’s statement on sexual harassment and bullying with some options for assistance. The guild is also here to help should you require it.

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director