Updated: Collaborators Series WGTN: Getting Indigenous Stories to the Screen


Join DEGNZ and Ngā Aho Whakaari in Wellington on Wednesday August 12 for an exciting Collaborators Series discussion featuring Wayne Blair.

Update: Due to a change in production scheduling, Leah Purcell is no longer able to join us at this event – but the show must go on!

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Actor and Director Ian Hughes Shares Insights at our Directing Actors Workshop


DEGNZ members Alex Backhouse, Prue Cunningham, Nic Gorman, Joe Hitchcock, Rachel O’Neill, Matt Holmes, Martin Sagadin and Jane Sherning Warren spent the day with actor and director Ian Hughes as he imparted his knowledge and experience gained across more than 20 years in the industry.

The Directing Actors Workshop provided the opportunity for the directors to see each other work and then to analyse that work in a supporting and safe environment with a focus on positive feedback.

Our thanks go out to actors Cameron Rhodes, Mark Clare and Lucy Lever for their participation and the valuable contributions they made to the day.

Call for Applications: One-day Directing Actors Workshop with Ian Hughes



DEGNZ invites you to apply for a one-day Directing Actors Workshop with highly experienced actor and director Ian Hughes.

Ian is a well-known actor (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Shortland Street, Go Girls, Xena, City Life, Lord of the Rings) who has worked with many of New Zealand’s directors and turned his hand to directing (Shortland Street, Step Dave).

Ian will employ his vast experience in this workshop to help increase director confidence and to explore a range of principles, tools and techniques that will address issues that arise in casting, rehearsal and shooting

The workshop has ten places and is aimed at directors developing projects for Fresh Shorts, Premiere Pathways, or with features in funded development.

To apply, please provide:

  • A maximum one-page letter stating why you wish to attend.
  • A CV & filmography
  • Links to examples of your work

Send your applications to with ‘Directing Actors’ in the subject line. Deadline is 5PM Friday 12 June. Successful applicants will be notified by Wed. 17 June.

Decisions regarding successful applicants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

What: One-day Directing Actors Workshop with Ian Hughes

When: 27 June 2015, 9AM – 5PM.

Where: TBC, Auckland

Deadline: 5PM Friday, 12 June.

Cost: FREE for DEGNZ members. Non-members $100.

This workshop is made possible thanks to the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.