After five years of building up the screen media industry in the Bay of Plenty, DEGNZ member Anton Steel is stepping back from an operation level and retiring as CEO of Film Bay of Plenty.

In the past year alone, the regional film office has supported a range of projects, including two feature films, two TV series, and a location shoot for a large scale American production. Elysia Gibb, Tracy Hampton and Jade Kent have progressed in their roles to take the helm under a new management structure that provides broader coverage to the region.

Anton will continue to support the organisation’s ongoing strategy as a trustee, while turning to focus on creating. He is currently developing an action film about mental health, based on a true story from the Bay of Plenty.

“I also hope to leverage my 25 years of onscreen story-telling experience, and look forward to the opportunity to work with the amazing network of creatives and crew across the region,” he said.

We wish Anton well in the next step of his journey!

The first two episodes in the three part documentary Ake, Ake, Ake are now available on Māori Television OnDemand and on the RNZ website. Co-directed by DEGNZ member Kim Webby and Whatanui Flavell, the series tells the story of the land occupation at Ihumātao through the voices of those who were intimately involved in the actions that took place there.

Screened to coincide with the 2nd anniversary of the occupation during July 2019, Ake, Ake, Ake is an important documentary that explores a significant event in Aotearoa’s recent history.

The last episode will be released on August 2.

The series was produced by Scottie Productions for Māori Television and made with the support of Te Māngai Pāho & NZ On Air.

Congratulations to editors Annie Collins and Cushla Dillon who will have their work screened as part of the 69th edition of the Melbourne International Film Festival (Aug 5-22).

Annie edited feature film thriller Coming Home in the Dark, which will screen in cinemas and online. Cushla Dillon was the editor on drama The Justice of Bunny King, which will screen in cinemas on August 7 and August 9 as part of MIFF.

For us in Aotearoa, save the date for August 12. DEGNZ will be hosting a Film Talk for Coming Home in the Dark at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket in Auckland. Director James Ashcroft will be in attendance for a special Q&A. Get your tickets here.

Director Gaysorn Thavat will also join audiences and DEGNZ for a Rialto screening of The Justice of Bunny King on July 29, 6pm. More details here.

The trailer for the highly-anticipated TVNZ drama series, The Panthers, has been released. The six-part series, two episodes of which have been directed by DEGNZ member Vea Mafile’o, is based on the Polynesian Panthers. Guild members Peter Roberts and Margot Francis were also editors on the series.

A group inspired by the Black Panther movement in the US, The Polynesian Panthers formed to fight the system and became history-making revolutionaries.

There is no release date yet for The Panthers on TVNZ 1 and TVNZ OnDemand, so keep an eye out.

Watch the trailer

DEGNZ member Gal Hochman has directed, written and produced the third episode of Re: and TVNZ’s documentary series, Young and… Titled Young and Can’t Cum, Gal talks to a group of women to uncover what is really happening under the sheets, and why women struggle to orgasm. Gal has also written a companion piece for Re: News, involving the women from the documentary.

The series follows a range of young voices, offering a unique and fresh perspective on what it’s really like to be in your twenties in 21st century Aotearoa, in this collection of compelling, stand-alone documentaries.

Watch it here