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Film Talk: Q&A Screening of In The Zone

In the Zone posterFrom DEGNZ member Robyn Paterson comes the inspiring, challenging and emotional feature documentary, In The Zone.

Join us on December 6 for a Film Talk of In The Zone at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, Auckland. After the film, Robyn Paterson and Terrance Wallace, founder of the InZone Project, joins DEGNZ for an audience Q&A. We’d love to see you there.

Throughout its powerful narrative, In The Zone raises poignant questions about education, privilege, diversity, and cycles of inequality across the Western world. A visiting African-American businessman establishes a home for minority teens in New Zealand’s most sought after school zone. But with political and racial tensions rising in the USA, he must choose between the teens in his care, and his own community back home in Chicago.

When: Thu 6 December 2018, 6pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-169 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

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Coming up: Yellow Is Forbidden Film Talk

Film Talk at Rialto Cinemas is where filmmakers and film fans meet. After each Film Talk screening, members of the creative team will join a moderator from the Directors & Editors Guild to discuss their work.

Join us on October 31 for Yellow is Forbidden. Director Pietra Brettkelly will be present for an audience Q&A at the end.

Yellow is Forbidden is NZ filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly’s latest documentary about Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei. A brave designer chases the dream – to be crowned haute couture. But she comes from China, the land of knock offs and production lines. Will her Cinderella story end at the Met Ball?

Brettkelly finds just the right sweet spot between pie-eyed flattery and sober appraisal of Guo and her methods — The Hollywood Reporter

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The Last Ocean. Baby Weddell Seal heading up for fresh air / copyright John Weller

DEGNZ Selects: From Passion to Protection

The story of the Last Ocean Campaign

Documentary filmmaker Peter Young, director and producer of The Last Ocean, will share his insights and experiences from the Last Ocean campaign, a movement that grew from a passionate few into an international environmental campaign that helped create the world’s largest Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

Peter will talk about the importance of the film, how it was financed, produced and distributed to help create significant change.

About Peter Young

Peter Young Peter Young is a director, cameraman and producer with a strong connection to the land and the people who live and work on it. In 2012, he was named New Zealand Independent Screen Producer of the Year. He has credits in well over a hundred documentaries, among them BBC’s Blue Planet Series, The Quest for the Giant Squid for Discovery, and acclaimed TVNZ series Country Calendar and Explorers.

In recent years, Peter completed and released the feature documentaries The Art of Recovery (2015) and The Last Ocean (2012). The Last Ocean spanned seven years and developed into a successful international campaign promoting the protection of the Ross Sea in Antarctica, culminating in November 2016 when 24 nations and the European Union created the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea.

Join us for an inspirational evening celebrating the power of film.

 

DEGNZ Selects: From Passion to Protection – The story of the Last Ocean Campaign

When: Tuesday 25 September, 6PM for a 6:30 – 8:30PM presentation
Where: Horse & Trap, The Loft (upstairs), 3 Enfield Street, Mt Eden, Auckland

DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – $5 koha

 

A DEGNZ Selects event, made possible with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

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NZIFF 2018: More Features to Watch from DEGNZ Members

The full Auckland programme for the New Zealand International Film Festival has been officially unveiled and we are very excited for what’s ahead. Wellington follows suit with a programme launch at 7pm tonight.

In part 1, we spotlighted four features from our members amongst the festival’s Early Announcements. Here, we roundup four more from our talented members to look forward to at NZIFF.

Auckland tickets are on sale from Friday 9am and Wellington from 5 July. For info on other centres around the nation, check out the NZIFF website.

She Shears – Director Jack Nicol

World Premiere

In DEGNZ member Jack Nicol’s documentary, five female sheep shearers take on the competition at the Golden Shears in a sport where men and women compete together. NZIFF writes, “Jack Nicol applies camera poetry to the agility, strength, skill and rhythmic grace of women wielding blades of steel.”

“What we wanted to do was show off the shearing world and the shearing community in a way it’s never been seen before.” — Jack Nicol, interview with The Country.

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SHE SHEARS / Photo: Rebecca McMillan

 

Dog’s Best Friend – Director Eryn Wilson

NZ Premiere

After discovering online the work of Jacob Leezak, Sydney founder of the Canine Behaviour Expert Dog Psychology Centre, thanks to his mum, DEGNZ member Eryn Wilson saw the opportunity he had been looking for to direct his first feature-length documentary. Dog’s Best Friend is a tender film about the troubled dogs taken in at this centre and the couple who have made rehabilitating them their life’s work.

“Between them they’re so empathetic … you imagine a couple of humans that have experienced damage that they’re working through, and here are these damaged dogs. It’s no coincidence that they’ve taken on this kind of work.”
– Eryn Wilson, on The Project.

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DOG’S BEST FRIEND / Photo: Irma Calabrese

 

Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen – Consulting Editor Annie Collins

World Premiere

Beginning in the late 70s, editor and DEGNZ board member Annie Collins collaborated with Merita Mita on four documentaries that included The Bridge (1982) and Patu! (1983). Annie contributes to a new documentary on Merata Mita’s life as consulting editor.

Merata Mita, pioneering Māori filmmaker and international champion of women in indigenous film, is celebrated by her son Heperi Mita in this richly personal portrait.

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MERATA / Photo: Gil Hanly

 

Mega Time Squad – Editor Luke Haigh

NZ Premiere

DEGNZ member Luke Haigh (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) has three editing credits – one feature, two shorts – in this year’s NZIFF.

Playing in the Incredibly Strange section, Mega Time Squad (dir. Tim van Dammen) is a high-meets-low mash up of Kiwi humour, sci-fi and mad cap crime thriller about a small-town criminal who stumbles on a mystical artefact with time travelling powers.

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MEGA TIME SQUAD / Blur and Sharpen, Candlelit Pictures

The Heart Dances

4 Member Films to Look Foward to at NZIFF

There’s something magical about experiencing a movie as part of a film festival that beats visits to your local multiplex. It’s one of the reasons why the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), now celebrating it’s 50th year in Auckland, induces many fond memories and is still an annual highlight on people’s calendars.

For me, it’s also my chance to “binge-watch” some of the best films curated from around the world. But what makes NZIFF particularly special is that it also brings together some of the best feature and short films made right here in Aotearoa.

We know how exciting and rewarding it is for local filmmakers to have their films chosen to premiere at NZIFF and be enjoyed by a New Zealand audience. Here, we celebrate four NZ feature films made by our members – directors and editors – that have already been announced in the festival’s Early Announcements.

The full NZIFF programme launches on June 25.

Angie – Director/Editor Costa Botes

World Premiere

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ANGIE / Photo credit: Costa Botes, Lone Pine Films

The compelling new documentary by DEGNZ member Costa Botes (Candyman), who served on the board of DEGNZ between 2013 and 2016. Angie Meiklejohn, prominent and articulate Centrepoint survivor, is joined by her siblings in this lucid exploration of the legacy of sexual abuse, directed without a hint of sensationalism.

“Funny, smart, big hearted, unflinchingly honest, a steadfast friend – whatever her past hurts, Angie is an engaging and loveable human being.” – Costa Botes

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The Heart Dances – Director Rebecca Tansley

World Premiere 

The Heart Dances

RNZB dancers Abigail Boyle and Alexandre de Oliviera Ferreira rehearse in their roles as Ada and Baines in the RNZB studio. / Photo: Ken Downie

The Heart Dances promises to immerse audiences in a unique creative experience. The new documentary by DEGNZ member Rebecca Tansley (Crossing Rachmaninoff) tracks the collective and cross-cultural journey involved in creating The Piano: the ballet, inspired by Jane Campion’s 1993 film.

“Dance is an inherently ephemeral art form and most of us only ever observe it as a finished – and fleeting – performance.” – Rebecca Tansley

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Stray – Director Dustin Feneley, Editor Dione Chard

NZ Premiere

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STRAY / Courtesy of Dustin Feneley

Two damaged strangers fall into a complex intimate relationship in DEGNZ member Dustin Feneley’s beautiful and rigorous debut feature film, shot in Otago against the breathtaking Southern Alps.

Stray will premiere at NZIFF after its successful world premiere at Moscow International Film Festival where it collected a best actor win for lead Kieran Charnock. The film also marks a great  achievement for DEGNZ member Dione Chard as editor of her first feature film.

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Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms – Director Shirley Horrocks

Auckland Premiere

Paul Callaghan in Antartica

Dancing with Atoms / Point of View Productions

In her latest work, DEGNZ member Shirley Horrocks (Tom Who? The Enigma of Tom Kreisler) discovers the world of atoms and molecules that so entranced Sir Paul Callaghan, one of New Zealand’s most exceptional scientists and public figures.

The Auckland premiere will be a special Cancer Society fundraiser screening. Ticket details will be available when the full NZIFF programme launches.

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