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Our congratulations goes out to the team of Being Chlöe, which has received production funding through NZ On Air! The 90-minute documentary will be directed by member Charlotte Evans (DEGANZ Incubator 2020), produced by Letisha Tate-Dunning (DEGANZ) with executive producers Mark McNeill (DEGANZ) and Philippa Campbell. The film will be edited by Simon Coldrick.

Set to appear on Three after the next election, Being Chlöe will explore the political and personal life of Chlöe Swarbrick, currently New Zealand’s youngest MP. The project was earlier on granted NZ Film Commission script development funding.

In the meantime, audiences can watch OK Chlöe, a 9-minute film made by Charlotte and Letisha through Loading Docs, for a taster of the documentary to come.

We are beyond proud and excited for the DEGANZ members who are finalists in the 2021 New Zealand Television Awards. With a total of 117 nominations from more than 530 entries and across 37 categories, this year’s finalists reflect the diversity of content and voices available to Kiwi viewers.

A big congratulations to all DEGANZ members up for awards!

Screen Auckland Best Director Drama

David Stubbs (DEGANZ)
Black Hands
Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (TVNZ 1)

Roseanne Liang (DEGANZ)
Creamerie
Kevin & Co + Flat 3 (TVNZ 2)

Max Currie (DEGANZ)
Rūrangi
Autonomouse (Neon & NZME)

Peter Salmon
INSiDE
Luminous Beast (Prime, Neon)

Black Hands, Creamerie and Rūrangi are also finalists for NZ On Air Best Drama Series.

Best Script: Comedy

Shoshana McCallum and Roseanne Liang
Creamerie
Kevin & Co + Flat 3 (TVNZ 2)

Best Factual Series

Origins
Peter Bell (DEGANZ), Tash Christie, Meg Douglas, Megan Tucker
Scottie Douglas Productions / Greenstone TV (TVNZ 1)

Fight for the Wild
Peter Young (DEGANZ), Tracy Roe, Dave Hansford
Fisheye Films (RNZ)

Best Camerawork: Documentary/Factual

Peter Young
Fight for the Wild
Fisheye Films (RNZ)

We would also like to extend our congratulations to all the finalists in the directing and editing categories:

Best Editing: Documentary/Factual

Bryan Shaw
Origins
Scottie Douglas Productions / Greenstone TV (TVNZ 1)

Toby Longbottom
Deleted
Stuff Circuit (Stuff)

Simon Coldrick
Six Angry Women
Kindred Films (TVNZ 1)

Best Editing: Drama

Allanah Bazzard
Black Hands
Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (TVNZ 1)

Eric de Beus
The Gulf – Season 2
The Gulf Productions (Three/Discovery)

Gretchen Peterson
The Gulf – Season 2
The Gulf Productions (Three/Discovery)

Best Director: Documentary/Factual

Anna Marbrook
Loimata: The Sweetest Tears
Anna Marbrook Productions (Māori Television)

Irene Chapple
The Eruption: Stories of Survival
Pencil Productions (Three/Discovery)

Natalie Malcon & Thomas Robins
Heaven and Hell – The Centrepoint Story
Warner Bros. International Television Production New Zealand (TVNZ 1)

Best Director: Multi Camera

Matt Barrett
Battle of Jacks Ridge
Sky Sport (Sky)

Wayne Leonard
36th America’s Cup Match
America’s Cup Events (Am. Cup website/YouTube)

​Nigel Carpenter
Aotearoa Music Awards 2020
Discovery (Three/Discovery)

The NZTV Awards are designed to recognise excellence in television, and honour the special skills and unique talents behind New Zealand television.

Finalists across all awards categories can be read here. Winners will be announced on Tuesday 1 March, 2022 at a red carpet gala event held at Auckland’s Shed 10.

An exciting new film festival is coming to Auckland! Showcasing films featured at this year’s NZIFF, as well as international talent, In The Shade will commence early next year on January 19 and runs until February 1. Fiona Clark: Unafraid is part of the line-up.

DEGANZ member Lula Cucchiara directed the documentary, with Shailesh Prajapati as assistant editor. The film explores radical photographer Fiona Clark and her work, which captured the burgeoning gay liberation movement and vibrant queer scene in 1970’s New Zealand.

The festival will be exclusive to Academy Cinemas and the Hollywood in Avondale, and will include international films sourced from some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, such as Sundance, Cannes and Toronto.

When speaking of the current state of Auckland’s cinema scene, In The Shade commented that “Auckland is currently in the throes of a big screen drought, the like never seen in our moviegoing lifetimes”. Therefore, quenching Aucklander’s “insatiable hunger for the very best cinema from around the world” is what the festival hopes to do.

Fiona Clark: Unafraid has recently enjoyed a run as part of NZIFF, and will no doubt be an exciting addition to the new In The Shade film festival as well. Other films announced as part of the programme can be found on the festival’s website, with more titles being added in the coming weeks.

Glowing reviews have poured in for The Beatles: Get Back, the new docuseries from director Peter Jackson (DEGANZ). Described by some reviewers as a documentary epic, Get Back clocks in at almost eight hours in length. Yet, it’s been described as an “addictive” and “immersive” experience.

Jackson has assembled this three-part documentary entirely from never-before-seen footage of the Beatles from 1969, restored at Park Road Post Production and supported by the New Zealand Screen Production Grant.

The Beatles: Get Back streams exclusively on Disney+.

Our congratulations goes to the DEGANZ members whose work featured among the finalists for the 2021 NZ Web Fest Awards.

Taking out the award for Best NZ Pitch was Léah McVeagh (DEGANZ) for her pitch I Choose. Another special shout out to the runner up of that prize category, which went to fellow member Taylor Nixon for his pitch Roadie.

The five-part documentary series 100 Year Forecast, edited by Ben Chesters (DEGANZ) received a Special Mention under the Best Show – NZ Factual category. The Spinoff produced the online series, which explores the implications of climate change for Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as discussing potential action moving forward.

This year’s list of #NZWF21 award nominees also included other work from our members. Rachale Davies’ The Collective was a nominee for the Best Show – NZ Factual Award. Meanwhile, under the Best Pilot (NZ) category, both Anton Steel’s Chloe and the Crash Test and Samuel Shelton’s The Handy Circle were finalists.

Read the full list of winners on the NZ Web Fest website.