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The Aotearoa box-office hit Cousins will release in select theatres in the US on July 2, after being picked up by Array Releasing, the distribution arm of Ava DuVernay’s Array collective.

Edited by DEGNZ member Alex Boyd, the film debuted at number one at the box office and quickly became a local hit, earning $1.6 million. The president of Array, Tilane Jones, spoke to Deadline about the acquisition, stating how inspired they were to bring this powerful film to audiences across the globe, a “beautiful story exploring identity, culture and family that goes beyond borders and time”.

Cousins will also stream on Netflix (US) from July 22.

A teacher is forced to confront a secret from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters take his family on a nightmare road-trip in Coming Home in the Dark. Directed by James Ashcroft and edited by DEGNZ board member Annie Collins, the film is set to open in Aotearoa on August 12 after travelling the festival circuit.

This local thriller, starring Daniel Gillies (The Vampire Diaries), Erik Thomson (The Luminaries), Miriama McDowell (Head High) and Matthias Luafutu (Ghost in the Shell), garnered rave reviews after premiering at Sundance earlier in the year.

With one review from horror website Bloody Disgusting saying the film “succeeds in sheer intensity and extremism”.

Speaking with Sundance, James Ashcroft and writer Eli Kent described it as a “high energy nightmare road-trip”, based on an award winning short story by Owen Marshall.

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DEGNZ alumni Matthew Saville’s debut feature film Juniper, edited by Peter Roberts (DEGNZ), will be released in NZ cinemas on August 26. Starring Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling, the movie follows a self-destructive teenager who reluctantly looks after his alcoholic grandmother as punishment and soon finds himself embracing life again.

As part of the Guild’s Drama Editor Attachment Scheme the production provided an opportunity for an emerging editor to shadow Peter Roberts over the course of the edit. DEGNZ member Brendon Chan spoke with us about his experience shadowing Peter, from assembly through to the final cut, an experience that was “really beneficial” and one that eased his worries about working on feature films.

Saville, who wrote and directed Juniper, spoke with NZFC about how this story is inspired by his own experience with his grandmother and how he “can’t wait for audiences to see this intimate story brought to life”.

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Now available, the chilling series Teine Sā: The Ancient Ones tells stories of modern day issues impacting Pacific women, who will either be blessed or cursed when they look to ancient goddesses of the past for guidance.

The Pasefika horror series was written, directed and crewed by people of the Moana. Acclaimed directors Sima Urale and Toa Fraser (DEGNZ) mentored the young writers and directors of Teine Sā.

Recently selected for DEGNZ’s Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator, Matasila Freshwater wrote and directed episode 4, titled Hiama, a story from the Solomon Islands.

In this video, she speaks about the themes and reasons behind the story.


DEGNZ member Jack Woon was series editor. “It was a joy to see the kaleidoscope of visions from the five writer/director teams, to cut together the silken images shot by DOP Andrew McGeorge and to be given free rein to mould rhythm and soundscape as the series editor.”

Watch it on Prime TV with episodes airing every Thursday at 9:30pm. The five episode series – each episode roughly ten minutes – is also available to watch on Sky Go and The COCONET, and will be available on NEON from May 20.

Edited by DEGNZ member Jonno Woodford-Robinson, Poppy, inspired by real life hero Poppy Anderson, tells the story of a young woman with Down Syndrome who refuses to let that define her and decides to take control of her own life. Libby Hunsdale told Sunday TVNZ that “We shouldn’t think of Down Syndrome as an illness or condition, it can be a success tool”.

The film was the first local film to resume production after a long hiatus caused by coronavirus in 2020. Poppy was written and directed by Linda Niccol and will open in NZ cinemas on May 27.

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