Now available, the chilling series Teine Sā: The Ancient Ones tells stories of modern day issues impacting Pacific women, who will either be blessed or cursed when they look to ancient goddesses of the past for guidance.

The Pasefika horror series was written, directed and crewed by people of the Moana. Acclaimed directors Sima Urale and Toa Fraser (DEGNZ) mentored the young writers and directors of Teine Sā.

Recently selected for DEGNZ’s Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator, Matasila Freshwater wrote and directed episode 4, titled Hiama, a story from the Solomon Islands.

In this video, she speaks about the themes and reasons behind the story.


DEGNZ member Jack Woon was series editor. “It was a joy to see the kaleidoscope of visions from the five writer/director teams, to cut together the silken images shot by DOP Andrew McGeorge and to be given free rein to mould rhythm and soundscape as the series editor.”

Watch it on Prime TV with episodes airing every Thursday at 9:30pm. The five episode series – each episode roughly ten minutes – is also available to watch on Sky Go and The COCONET, and will be available on NEON from May 20.

Last updated on 20 May 2021

DEGNZ member Peter Young’s film, The Last Ocean, has been named one of the top 10 best ocean documentaries by ScreenRant.

Released in 2012 and directed by Peter, one of Aotearoa’s leading nature cameramen, The Last Ocean follows activists as they race to protect Antarctica’s Ross Sea from being ravaged by fishermen, and raises the simple ethical question: do we fish Earth’s last untouched ocean or do we protect it?

This question was answered in 2017 when a joint proposal by New Zealand and the United States unanimously voted to make the Ross Sea a marine protected area. Speaking to NZ Herald in 2017, Peter expressed his relief and happiness that this decision “brings closure to an incredible 10-year journey, one that began with a passionate few and grew into an international environmental movement”.

The Last Ocean is available to rent or buy here.

 

Last updated on 19 May 2021

DEGNZ member Julia Parnell’s new short documentary series Waiata / Anthems is now streaming on TVNZ OnDemand. Directed and produced by Julia, the seven episode series follows iconic Kiwi musicians as they share untold stories of fear and discovery while they translate and record their hit songs in te reo Māori.

Following on from the number one album of the same name, Waiata / Anthems follows musicians Hollie Smith, Che Fu, Annie Crummer, Bic Runga, Drax Project, Logan Bell, MELODOWNZ and Don McGlashan.

Speaking in a press release, Julia stated how proud she is to share these stories and how she hopes “this series will impact the deepening of our relationship with te reo and act as a springboard for more Māori music in the charts”.

Watch the series and see the accompanying live performance music videos, released on Youtube by TVNZ.

Last updated on 19 May 2021

Congratulations are in order for member Michelle Ang, an alumni of DEGNZ’s Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator, as NZ On Air has confirmed funding for Riddle Me This, an animated journey of eight four-minute episodes that chronicle tamariki using their powers of critical thinking and imagination to solve intriguing riddles.

Michelle’s A Grain of Rice Productions received $265,950 in funding. The series will be released on NZ On Air and TVNZ’s HEIHEI channel.

Last updated on 19 May 2021

Mystic, a family action adventure series, has been given the greenlight for two more seasons by CBBC (UK) and TVNZ. It will be produced by DEGNZ member David Stubbs in NZ and Jen Burnet in the UK.

A joint production between Libertine Pictures (NZ) and Slim Film + Television (UK), the series follows teenager Issie Brown and her recently developed friendships with teen horse riders, as well as their efforts to save her new home by people that threaten it. Issie also begins to receive confusing visions of the future from ghost horse Mystic.

Created for television and written by Amy Shindler and Beth Chalmers (Pat & Cabbage for ITV, My Family for BBC One, Threesome for Comedy Central and Horrible Histories for CBBC), they will be joined by Kiwi writers Sam Shore (The Sounds, Filthy Rich), Martha Hardy-Ward (Ellen is Leaving), Hamish Bennett (Bellbird) and Briar Grace-Smith (Cousins, Waru).

Production on the new seasons begins on May 31 in New Zealand. There is no release date yet but the first season of Mystic is available on TVNZ OnDemand.

Last updated on 19 May 2021