Directing In the Intimate Zone – Christchurch

Directing In the Intimate Zone

DEGNZ encourages directors, actors and producers to join us for a one-day Christchurch workshop with Louise Leitch on directing intimacy, after the first Directing In the Intimate Zone workshop in Auckland.

Until now, many directors have not given enough thought and been equipped for directing actors in scenes that involve intimacy, nudity and simulated sex. These scenes can make actors feel extremely vulnerable, particularly when this sensitive area of performance is not given the preparation and care it is due.

In Directing In the Intimate Zone, we will discuss and work with actors on the process of developing an intimate scene for the screen using the best practice guidelines developed by UK intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien, who was brought over by Equity to run training workshops in Auckland in late 2018.

During the class, Participant Directors will take turns to direct pairs of actors in intimate scenes under Louise’s guidance. Participant Directors upon selection will be invited to submit a short, intimate scene – either with or without dialogue – for consideration ahead of the workshop.

There are four places for directors to participate, as well as places for directors, actors and producers to observe.

About Louise Leitch

Louise Leitch

Photo credit: Tammy Williams

Louise has earned a reputation as a talented story-teller, directing award-winning short films, close to 200 episodes of television drama, and prime-time documentary and docu-drama series in both Australia and NZ. Her critically acclaimed Whakatiki screened in over 20 international film festivals including Tribeca, Tampere, Uppsala, Vladivostok, Hawaii, NZIFF, Show Me Shorts and ImagineNATIVE, winning Best Short Film at First Peoples’ Festival Montreal, Best Actress in a Short Film at Wairoa Film Festival and Best Actress in a Short Film at The NZ Film Awards.

Louise attended Ita O’Brien’s intimacy workshops in NZ in 2018 and is training with Ita to become an accredited Intimacy Coordinator. Louise is currently Vice President of the Directors & Editors Guild NZ and has contributed to the drafting of Equity NZ’s Intimacy Guidelines for Stage and Screen.

She teaches film, television and intimacy best practice at RMIT University in Melbourne and The New Zealand Broadcasting School.

Workshop Details

DEGNZ / Equity NZ member – Free
Non-member regional price – $75

Lunch and refreshments provided

When: Saturday 23 November 2019, 9am – 5pm

Where: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 59 Hewitts Rd, Merivale, Christchurch

Travel Allowances
DEGNZ Full members may apply for financial assistance of up to $250 (incl. GST) towards their travel costs.

  • DEGNZ has up to 4 travel allowances available for this workshop.
  • Applicants must live outside Canterbury.
  • Priority will be given to Full members living in the South Island and the Wellington region.
  • For further information and criteria, see here.


This workshop is R18.

To be eligible to apply as a Participant Director:

  • You must have experience directing at least short films/dramatic content, and are working in/moving into longer-form drama/film.
  • Priority will be given to those who are actively engaged in directing or preparing to direct narrative drama, especially if you are dealing with scenes of nudity, intimacy and/or simulated sex.

If you apply as a Participant and are unsuccessful, you will receive an offer to attend as an Observer.

To Apply

To register as an Observer, complete the registration form below.

To apply as a Participant Director, complete the registration form below and email your supporting documents to before the registration deadline:

  • a CV/bio with filmography
  • a brief letter summarising why you would like to participate as a director, what you hope to gain from the workshop, and any experience directing intimacy (not a requirement for selection).

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Registration Deadline: 3PM, Thursday 24 October

Registration Form




Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be received by Sunday 17 November. A $2.50 cancellation fee will be incurred. Refunds can take up to approximately 10 working days to process.


This initiative is brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.


Film Talk: Capital in the 21st Century – October 10


Capital posterJoin DEGNZ and Rialto Cinemas for a Q&A screening of New Zealand documentary Capital in the 21st Century. Special guest director Justin Pemberton will be present for a half-hour audience Q&A after the film.

Adapting one of the most groundbreaking and powerful books of our time, Capital in the 21st Century is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power, that breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, shining a new light on the world around us and its growing inequalities.

“Delivers an insightful and empowering journey through the past and into our future.” – Sydney Film Festival

Rehearsal & Performance Workshops with Director Caroline Bell-Booth

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The Rehearsal & Performance series provides regular opportunities for directors and actors to practise their craft. Each workshop brings in an experienced moderator to guide participants as they explore a workshop scene in groups (one director, two actors) in a safe and non-pressured environment.

Join us in Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington for our next workshops with director Caroline Bell-Booth.



Caroline Bell-Booth started out creating theatre and quickly made a name for herself as a director of vision excelling at complex character projects. Early efforts saw her awarded Wellington Fringe Festival’s “Best Theatre Award”; Metro Magazine’s “Best Play of the Year”; alongside many critically acclaimed shows for Silo Theatre. She then moved into television directing, firstly on Shortland Street. Over the last few years she has shot several blocks of 800 Words and was head-hunted to be a recurring guest director on Home and Away. 2018 saw her successfully complete two episodes of both Westside and crime-drama The Bad Seed. She returned to Westside this year as lead director of season 5. She has joined Channel 7’s ambitious new drama Between Two Worlds from the creative team behind Foxtel’s A Place To Call Home – which is set to be a flagship show of the 2020 Season.


Selected directors and actors will be expected to do some script prep beforehand. DEGNZ will provide the scene at least one week in advance.

DEGNZ / Equity NZ member – Free
Ngā Aho Whakaari Full member – Free
Non-member – $69

(Includes lunch and tea/coffee)

Register your interest

Christchurch and Auckland registrations close Friday 27 September, 10AM. Wellington registrations close Friday 4 October, 10AM.

Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If your name is selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.


When: Sat 12 October, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School – Mana Wahine, 59 Hewitts Road, Merivale, Christchurch

Register Now for Christchurch


When: Sun 13 October, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

Register Now for Auckland


When: Sat 19 October, 9:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Toi Poneke Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington

Register Now for Wellington


The Rehearsal & Performance series is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Equity New Zealand and funding from the New Zealand Film Commission.

SPADA Post-Production Workflow Workshops

SPADA Post Workflow Worshops

SPADA, in association with DEGNZ, presents a day-long workshop introducing the concepts and processes of the post-production workflow.

Delivered by Editor Annie Collins and Producer Catherine Fitzgerald, this workshop will give an overview of the entire post-production process including budgeting, what needs to be covered in the technical workflow, when it’s covered, and with whom, VFX, post-sound, and scheduling from commencement of post-production through to output of deliverables.

Participants will gain an understanding of the different roles and people involved, and an awareness of how to manage and schedule a professional post-production workflow.

This workshop is ideal for emerging filmmakers, aimed at producers and directors with a project or two under their belt who are looking to progress their post-production knowledge and practices. Editors are also welcome to attend, and if you know a producer or director who could benefit, give them a nudge!

Workshop Details

Mon 16 September, 10am – 4:30pm
Random Group, 43 Hanson Street, Mount Cook, Wellington

Wellington – Book Now

Tue 17 September, 10am – 4:30pm
Department of Post, 19 Newton Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

Auckland – Book Now

SPADA / DEGNZ members – $45 + GST
Non-members – $85 + GST
(Tea, coffee and lunch provided)

Contact if you have any questions.

NZFC Gender, Diversity & Inclusion in the Screen Industry Survey

Please follow this link to take part in the Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in the Screen Industry Survey:

Thanks for participating! This invitation comes from Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC). The link will be distributed by guilds and industry organisations as well as NZFC so it might come to you more than once.

By completing the questionnaire, you are automatically in a prize draw for one of five Wickedly Indulgent Grazing boxes! *Terms and conditions apply (Prize is limited to NZ residents only).

The survey is aiming to get a snapshot of people’s experiences in the screen industry to assist NZFC to identify people’s needs and create a benchmark against which to measure progress in future years.

It’ll take about 15 minutes to complete. You can jump out and jump back in if you are interrupted, just remember to press submit when you’ve completed the entire questionnaire. The survey is live from 9th of August and closes 30th of August.

The research is being undertaken by Kudos Organisational Dynamics Limited, an independent research organisation governed by the Research Association New Zealand’s Code of Practice and adhering to New Zealand’s Privacy Act 1993. NZFC may use third party partners to carry out NZFC’s functions such as managing this survey.

  • Please note that if any personal information collected by Kudos in relation to this survey is passed onto the NZFC, this information will only be used in accordance with NZFC’s Privacy Policy and New Zealand’s Privacy Act 1993. No third-party organisation will contact you as a result of your taking part in the survey.
  • Results are aggregated by Kudos and reported in a manner that doesn’t identify the respondent. So, feel free to share your story.

If you have any concerns or queries, feel free to contact Emma Xu who is managing the survey, at