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

We’re thrilled to be hosting a screening of Coming Home in the Dark, in association with Rialto Cinemas, on August 12. Premiering at Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year, the film follows Alan ‘Hoaggie’ Hoaganraad (Erik Thompson), a high school teacher who is forced to confront a secret from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters, Mandrake (Daniel Gillies) and Tubs (Matthias Luafutu), take his family on a nightmare road-trip.

Director James Ashcroft joins us after the screening for a Q&A session, moderated by Hweiling Ow.

Come along to watch and hear more about the making of the film.

When: Thursday 12 August, 7:30pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Film Industry Member tickets only $12

Book now



Congratulations to DEGNZ member Arvid Eriksson, as his short film Acknowledgements picked up the Grand Jury Prize for Best Arthouse Short Film and the Audience Award at Film Invasion LA.

In a Q&A with the film festival, Arvid spoke about the amazing experience making this film and how quickly it all came together with the help of friends and colleagues.



DEGNZ member Celia Jaspers’s short film Milk has made official selection in the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival this month, one of only 12 films selected from Australasia.

The short film, made on a zero budget with an outpouring of generosity and kindness, follows a story of a young girl who foregoes her hard-earned treats at the local dairy to help an elderly gentleman. Celia said the idea for the film was born post-lockdown, when a heightened awareness of our communities and being kind was prevalent.

Written, directed and edited by Celia, Milk stars her daughter Charlotte Jaspers, local cafe worker Christy Anne Sullivan and veteran actor Frank Edwards (LOTR, The Hobbit). The short film has 12 international festivals under its belt and has picked up Best Film at the Reale Film Festival in Italy. Charlotte picked up Best Actress finalist at the Golden Short Film Festival in Italy, and the top acting honours at the Nenagh Children’s Film Festival in Ireland.

In an interview with Stuff, Celia speaks about how grateful she was for all the support received to make this micro short, and how proud she is of the fact that the film’s production was led by a team of working mums.

Milk will have its US Premiere at LA Shorts Fest on July 12.

Member Rob Sarkies, director of the 2006 film Out of the Blue, which told the story of the 1990 Aramoana massacre, sat down with RNZ’s The Detail to discuss the delicate nature of filming a real-life tragedy.

The important discussion surrounding portraying a real-life tragedy was brought to the forefront, after news broke that Hollywood producers were planning a film around the March 15 terror attacks in Christchurch.

Films like these wrestle with similar questions, who should make it? Who has the right to make it? What story will actually be told and whether it’s too soon. Rob acknowledges that there is no easy answer. On his own experience making Out of the Blue, Rob said:

“I felt that, if it was to be made, it needed to be made responsibly. It needed to be made by someone who could have empathy, and basically do it right. And I felt, being from Dunedin and having some concerns about how that story might be told in the wrong hands, I trusted myself to tell it. I took on the responsibility.”

Members of the Aramoana community worked closely with the production.

As a storyteller, Rob feels that storytelling can help a nation collectively process a tragic event. There is healing power in storytelling.

Have a listen to or read the discussion here.